Monday, June 20, 2011

Dog Swims With Dolphin Daily

The surprising scene of a dog frolicking with a bottle-nosed dolphin is captured in this video from Middletown on Tory Island off the north-west coast of Ireland.

The spectacle of the two mammals swimming and playing together is seen almost daily in the village’s harbor.

The dog is a yellow Labrador named Ben and his marine friend has been nicknamed Doogie the dolphin.

In the video, Ben is seen running into the harbor and rushing down the stone steps, before jumping into the water and swimming out to meet Doogie.

The dolphin then appears next to the dog, splashing and playing, while Ben swims in circles, trying to wag his tail in the water.

“This is absolutely amazing," says Adam Henson, presenter of the BBC's Countryfile, in the video. "Swimming around in the water, I have never seen anything like it."

After a while, the local ferry leaves, prompting Doogie to follow it out to sea, while Ben returns to shore.

According to the locals, Doogie is actually a female who was first spotted in the harbor in 2006 when the dead body of another dolphin appeared onshore.

People believe that was Doogie's mate and that she was grieving. She has appeared regularly in the harbor ever since.

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