The strange dolphin found on an Irish beach was probably just a lucky break for a fisherman, it has been revealed.
The dolphin, named “Winky”, was found in a field near Clonmel on the north coast of Ireland last week, after it was spotted in a paddock.
The video shows a man approaching a dolphin and grabbing it from behind, but as it swims away he is startled to see the dolphin flapping its fins.
A fisherman who saw the animal says the dolphin appears to be “just a lucky dolphin” and said he was “proud to have caught it”.
“I’m really glad to have it, I’m really proud of it,” said John McManus, from the Clonmahon area of Clonmacnoise.
The man said he took “the last of his money” to buy the dolphin and it was brought back to his boat.
The footage has been viewed more than 40,000 times on YouTube, and Mr McManuses own boat has since been towed away.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s just absolutely bizarre,” he said.
“It’s quite a rare sight to see anything like this in the world, I just can’t believe it.”
A spokesperson for the Natural History Museum of Ireland (NIMI) said: “We can confirm that the footage has appeared online on YouTube.
It is currently being reviewed by NIMI for further investigation.””
In the video we see the young dolphin with its fins flapping around, as it approaches its destination.”
Mr McManaus told the Irish Times the dolphin looked like it had been caught by a dolphin catcher, but he was surprised to see it was a dolphin.
“It’s just a dolphin, and I thought ‘that’s a nice dolphin’ so I thought it was good luck to catch it, and then when it got out of the water it just swam away.”
He added that he was glad it had caught the man, but said the dolphins were a nuisance to humans.
“They are very territorial,” he told the newspaper.
“I think we should just give them a break.”