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VIDEO: Baby porpoise rescued after becoming stranded on Dublin beach

The porpoise was taken back out into open water by a coast guard crew.

A BABY PORPOISE was rescued yesterday by the Irish Coast Guard after becoming stranded on Portmarnock beach in Dublin.

Just after 3pm, the coast guard was requested to assist the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and the decision was made to bring the beached baby mammal back into the sea in the hope it would swim away.

The boat team carefully placed the porpoise on board and brought it a kilometre out into the open water.

(Irish Coast Guard/YouTube)

The porpoise now named ‘Fungie Beag’ [little Fungie] was placed in the water, and the coast guard said that after some “initial hesitation” it successfully returned to the water and swam back into the Irish Sea, hopefully returning to its family.

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Porpoises are very similar to dolphins but have shorter beaks and are seen in the Irish Sea with the same swimming patterns as dolphins.

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