Posts Categorized: Shannon Dolphins

Patch

Patch is the second known calf of Danú and younger brother of Mist.  Born in 2014, humps on his side were noticeable by 2015.  By the 2016 field season it was quite apparent that this animal suffered from scoliosis. Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine, you can see Patch’s body behind the dorsal

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Fathom

Fathom is the social butterfly of the Shannon dolphin population, she can turn up anywhere, with anyone. She is very well marked dolphin and so is one of the easiest dolphins in the population to match,  even when images are taken from quite a distance. Notice the deep, hooked notch in the middle of her

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Kevin Costner

Kevin was one of the first animals added to the Shannon dolphin catalogue when the project began in 1993.  As he was an adult when first identified he is now at least 35 years old.  Given how well marked his was back then it’s most likely he is well into his 40’s if not older. 

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Mist

Mist is the first known calf of Danú.  In Irish mythology mist was believed to be the loving embrace of the mother goddess Danú.  Like Nala, she had her first calf in 2019, and so her calf is our second 3rd generation animal. Mist spent her formative years primarily in the inner estuary with her

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Nala

Nala (801), was the first calf added to the Shannon dolphin catalogue and so she is our first known second generation animal.  She was born in 2012 and her mother Sarafina (006) is one of the original 25 animals added to the catalogue when the project began in 1993. She quickly became a favourite of

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Cú Chulainn

Cú Chulainn is not ‘trap happy’ that is photo id for he avoids the boats and so we rarely photograph close to us.   We photograph him mostly from land, where he is blissfully unaware of our presence.  So we are lucky he is so well marked.  HIs fluke, as well as his dorsal fin, has

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Bob

Bob is one of our favourites! He is our most frequently sighted dolphin, hence the common name of Bob. Like Kevin Costner he is often seen with mother calf pairs or with the older calves and juveniles while mama is nearby. He is most frequently seen from Tarbert to Carrigaholt and his closest associations would

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