Belfasts in Devon are known for their dolphin boat yards, and the latest craze has the owners of one in Belfast in the hot seat.
In a bid to make money, a company called Dermabot is looking to sell the dolphin boat yard at the port, but owners are fighting back.
“The dolphins were brought in for us, they’ve been working with us for years and years,” said owner David Cairns.
“They’ve got a really good relationship with us.
We’re very proud of what we do, we’re a very close knit community, and we want to keep it that way.”
We’ve done it for many years and it’s really, really good for the dolphin population.
“But they’re going to be a very expensive investment for us.”
The owners are suing Dermabs owner, Andrew Purnell, and his partner, Laura Cairn, over the purchase.
They are also seeking a court order to stop any further dealings with Purnells dolphin boatyard.
They also want Dermbots owners to pay back a portion of the proceeds from the sale, which will be split 50-50 with the dolphin owners.
The owner of the Belfast Dolphin Boatyard says they have no idea where their dolphin boats are being used.
“This is a private operation and the owners are not in a position to tell us where they are,” he said.
“It’s a shame, we’ve been doing it for so many years, it’s a wonderful thing for them to have, but we’ve done everything we can to keep them out of the water.”
I’m not sure what they’re thinking.
It’s not fair.
“These people are doing everything possible to keep these dolphins out of harm’s way.”
He says he is not in the mood to talk about it publicly, but wants to put it behind him.
“As soon as we’re done with the sale we will be looking to move on to other things,” he says.
“Dermabots is not for sale.”
He is also trying to keep a lid on the number of dolphins that are brought in, and wants the owners to put in place a strict no-dolphin zone around the facility.
“That’s a tough one because we have a lot of dolphins in here,” he explained.
“If you can’t keep them, then you’re going in the wrong direction.”
You’re going up against all sorts of different types of dolphins and we’re not going to let them do that.
“Our biggest concern is for them and our dolphins, and our main concern is that we keep the dolphin community safe.”
In this day and age, we really need to keep the dolphins out as much as possible.
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