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A whale spotted in the River Liffey yesterday is likely to be confused and stressed, an expert has said.

The animal was seen blowing water in the mouth of Dublin Port after first being noticed by walkers at Sutton Beach on Tuesday.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said there had been no further sightings of the whale after they carried out searches this morning.

They believe it is likely to be a juvenile fin whale.

They said that while conditions are not ideal as a result of Storm Lorenzo, it would be hard to miss a whale in such a confined area.

IWDG reiterated their appeal to the public to send them reports of sightings so they can monitor the animal's movements.

Dr Simon Berrow from the IWDG said it was extremely rare for a whale to be in such waters in Dublin.

He said: "It's probably in poor condition, presumably disorientated and it's possibly going to die, so to enter the port harbour/docks area is unusual.

"It'll be stressed, it'll be disorientated so it might some help to exit the area but even if it does, it will probably end up stranding and dying."

Main image: A whale spotted in Dublin Port yesterday. Image: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group/Facebook

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