Martin Hannan – May 27, 2019
Sha was famed across the world for her brush with death when her dramatic sunburn scars were revealed three years ago, but now Spirtle has found a new lease of life leading her own pod of dolphins hundreds of miles from her original home.
It was in May 2016 that Spirtle was badly injured while she was stranded out of water on mudflats for 24 hours in the Cromarty Firth. She was found by chance by a couple whose SatNav misdirected them and dolphin fans were overjoyed when the bottlenose dolphin not only survived her ordeal but was seen to be healing in the Scottish waters.
Spirtle has now emerged in the Irish Sea off the east coast of the Irish republic where she was spotted with her distinctive scars last week. She may even have her own daughter and is certainly leading the pod, as reported by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). They reported on their website: “On May 14 we started getting unusual sighting reports of dolphins off the South Dublin and North Wicklow area, which we were confident were bottlenose dolphins.