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Last Updated: Friday August 15 2008 11:58 GMT

Porpoise swims into town for fish

The porpoise in the River Bann

A harbour porpoise spotted swimming through a town in Northern Ireland has become a big hit with the locals.

Children in Coleraine are calling the sea creature Squirt, because of the noise it makes squirting water and air through its blowhole.

Squirt has been leaping in and out of the River Bann since Wednesday.

He's six miles away from the Atlantic, where porpoises usually stay, but it's thought he swam inland to make the most of the river's sea trout season.

Environmental experts are keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't get into trouble, but said he seemed to be quite happy.

In the meantime, crowds of people have been gathering on the town's bridges to catch a glimpse of Squirt and watch him feed.

One child said: "You can hear him before you see him."