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Stranded River Dee dolphin shipped out to sea

A dolphin that swam miles up a Welsh river and into English waters is being transported out to sea after it became stranded on sandbanks. Credit: PA

The dolphin that got stranded on sandbanks in the River Dee, Chester, is being returned to sea.

Initially named "Dave" by rescuers and then re-named "Davina" after being identified as female, the dolphin was rescued by volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this morning.

RNLI lifeboat operations manager Alan Forrester said: "She will probably be much too heavy to lift aboard Rhyl RNLI lifeboat so Rhyl will escort us out to sea.

"The dolphin will be released around the North Rhyl Flats as, if it is set free in any shallow waters, there are fears it will become stranded again."


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River Dee dolphin is being returned to open waters

A dolphin which has been swimming in the River Dee near Chester is being returned to open waters.

It's thought the animal was hunting for food when it found its way 30-miles inland and was unable adjust to the unfamiliar tidal flow.

The RNLI said it became stranded this morning and has been taken by boat to the Irish Sea where it will be released back into familiar territory.

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'Confused' dolphin probably chasing fish from the sea

A dolphin spotted swimming in the River Dee "was probably chasing fish in from the sea and then got caught up in the tidal system," according to a marine charity.

The dolphin was first spotted in the River Dee in Flintshire. Credit: Environment Agency/PA Wire

Stephen Marsh, operations manager at the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said tides at this time of year can be both very high and very low and that is probably confusing the dolphin, which is more used to much deeper water.

Mr Marsh said such an event is quite rare, adding that they would step in to take it back out to sea if it does get into trouble.

However, he said it looks healthy and they hope it will find its own way out.

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Footage emerges of dolphin swimming in River Dee

Moving footage has emerged of a dolphin that strayed into a Welsh river and into English waters in Cheshire.

The footage is understood to have been captured on Monday at Connahs Quay Docks in Flintshire.

From there the dolphin was seen further up the river in Saltney, near Chester and was most recently seen near Chester Racecourse.

Marine experts think the common dolphin, which is usually more at home in the deep seawater of the Bay of Biscay, must have been chasing fish up the River Dee in North Wales.

The dolphin is being monitored by a marine charity in case it gets stranded on a sandbank.