'Lost' dolphin spotted in River Dee in Chester - 20 miles from sea

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A dolphin who has wandered 20 miles inland from the sea has been drawing crowds to the River Dee in Chester.

The common dolphin has been in the river for around four days, and is thought to be surviving on trout and salmon.


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According to The Sun, one onlooker Clair Tonks, 33, said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime event for the kids."

Hundreds of people have lined the banks of the river since it was first spotted in Connah's Quay on Monday.

It is likely to have come in from the Bay of Biscay, and was possibly chasing fish up the River Dee in North Wales when it got lost.


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The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said they were keeping an eye on the dolphin's welfare.

Operations manager Stephen Marsh said it probably got caught up in the tidal system.

According to the Liverpool Echo, he said the dolphin looked healthy and he was hoping it would make its own way back to sea.

But, he added, they would step in if it gets into trouble.

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