A young dolphin nicknamed Duggie by Tory Island residents was first sighted in the harbor of the picturesque and remote Irish island in April 2006. He became a regular fixture for several years, following the ferry boats in and out of the small bay.
Apart from his interest in boats, Duggie befriended a golden Labrador Retriever named Ben. The lab belongs to the local hotelier Pat Doohan. The dog took a shine to Duggie too, going down to the pier and looking for his flippered friend. As soon as he would spot Duggie he jumped into the water for a friendly swim.
The pair swam together for up to three hours at a time, several times a day. Ben's guardian said, "They'll be out there swimming around and the dolphin will come up behind Ben and get a fix on the direction he is going. Then she’ll pop up on the other side. It is just wonderful to watch. They seem to be having great sport," he said.
They would also greet the tourists and locals arriving on the Tormór ferry from Magheroarty.