Dusty the Dolphin who lives off the coast of Northern Ireland has a bit of a reputation for trouble making. Dusty’s been swimming around the shores of Clare and Doolin since 2000. By some accounts the trouble started when the submarine mammal was ribbed by locals and basically frigged about with. This frigging about gave Dusty a bit of a complex and he started acting like a loose cannon with a chip on his shoulder, unloading on poor unsuspecting nature lovers.
He’s in the news again at the moment as worried officials have had the beast moved to Aran and away from the throngs. People in the vicinity of Dusty’s new home are now worried for their safety and for the safety of children who have swimming lessons in the seas off of Aran. Dusty doesn’t fear humans and actively seeks them out. Unfortunately, he’s not always too lighthearted in his play.
Last year Dusty hit the news by attacking a women who was swimming near him. I don’t have much sympathy for the woman tbh, if you’re daft enough to swim with a massive mammal then you are daft enough to get a snout butt. She got a beak in the kidney and was left winded. It could have been worse. My favourite bit is where the women is lying, bedragled on the shore and Dusty keeps poking his head up above the water to check she got the message. Here’s the “attack”:
It turns out this isn’t his first attack either. In the next clip some idiot tries to grab Dusty, he takes exception and then will not rest until the plums are removed from the sea. Having read a little more, this was apparently the fourth Dusty attack in a month! Let this be a lesson to all that choose to swim with Dusty – you are in his world….
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