Her Home is the Sea
For several years now, a solitary dolphin has been living along the clare coast, up and down between Fanore and Miltown Malbay, spending some time here, some time there, swimming with people, or rather allowing people to swim with her. She seems to enjoy, and even seek human company.
A friend of mine has been swimming with Mara (who also goes under the names of ‘Dusty’ and ‘Fainne’, but really, who are we to name her?) for years, most days she will be in the water with this magnificent animal. I’ve spent hours sitting on the shore, watching the dolphin, but haven’t had the pleasure of swimming with her yet. I’ve heard her clicking noises underwater, but haven’t seen her up close yet, in the water.
That said, she’s a BIG animal, a bottlenose dolphin, close to 3 meters long, and compared to her, us humans are like corks bobbing on the water. The water is her domain, her home, and she is vastly superior to us in any possible way.
Still, what a fantastic experience, even just sitting on the rocks, and watching this queen of the seas…