A wonderful character that has become a regular sight at Doolin Pier and Inisheer is Dusty the Dolphin. Dusty first arrived to Doolin back around the year of 1999. A local woman named Dolores Delaney won a radio competition back then to give the new Doolin resident a name. Dolores chose the name Dusty after Dusty Springfield, who had spent many a day in Doolin before she passed away.
Dusty is thought to be about 16 years old which would make her a young mature female. Dolphins can live between 30 to 50 years depending on the environment in which they live. Dusty is about 10 feet in length and weighs roughly between 300 and 400lbs (135 to 180 kg).
Dusty in general is very tolerant of people however she does have her moments of frustration and anger, and rightly so. She always gives warnings when she becomes irritated and the second she does this people should calmly back away, slowly leave the area, and give her time to calm herself.
What to watch for
Jaw Snap (snaps aggressively towards you).
Tail Slaps on the surface of the water.
Raised head out of the water and slaps the side of her head over and over again on the surface.
Beaches out of the water and slams down on her side upon re-entry.
The most common displays of frustration from Dusty are the Jaw Snaps and Tail Slaps.
Swimming with Dusty the Dolphin at Doolin and Inisheer Pier is not permitted. Only professionals who are familiar with Dusty are able to swim with her.
Please respect this amazing Dolphin by remembering she is a wild Dolphin who simply resides in Doolin. Please watch and enjoy her charms happily from the Pier and ashore.