Sunday the 5th of September saw an unfamiliar sight for Fishguard harbour. Four common dolphins ventured very close to shore, right into the harbour. Predominantly an offshore species favouring deeper seas, this species is rarely seen in such shallow waters. Scientists were worried about the risk of stranding on the unfamiliar shallow strata. However, the dolphins thankfully made it back out to sea the same day.
Strangely this is the second occasion in the past few months that common dolphins have ventured close into this harbour. On the 12th July, 12 animals entered this area and had to be coaxed out to sea by volunteers. It is not known why these animals have come so dangerously close to shore.
In addition, a single common dolphin live stranded and subsequently died on the 9th September in Bideford, North Devon. It is not thought that this event is linked to the Fishguard events. However, the animal will undergo a post mortem to determine the cause of death.