Editor's Choice: Photo of the Day

Photographer: Rónán McLaughlin

Today we feature a spectacular capture of a dolphin off the coast at Malin Head, Co. Donegal by Rónán McLaughlin. Amazingly, this dolphin had also been spotted before in other Counties. Rónán explains:

"The Bottlenose dolphin is one of the most familiar and abundant dolphin species in Ireland. The Bottlenose dolphin is one of 24 species of cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoise) recorded in Irish waters.

Dorsal fins and tail flukes of Bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans can be marked with scars or bites etc. These markings can be used as 'fingerprints'. On examination of the photographs of the dorsal fins or tail flukes, the images can be ran through the IWDG catalogue and sometimes a match can be found. 

Recently, two of the Dolphins at Malin Head have been identified by this method. It turns out one of our dolphins was originally sighted in Clare in 2007 and another in Mayo in 2011. This type of information is invaluable, as it makes us aware of the movement of these mammals, and helps with the overall conservation and protection of our whales and dolphins."

This print is available from €45. Browse Rónán McLaughlin's print collection.

- Mark Sheils

Founder, Picture Ireland