Humpback spotted off Wexford coast

Wednesday 27 January 2010 09.47
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Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)
Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)
Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)
Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)
Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)
Whale - (Pic: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)

(Pics courtesy of Irish Whale & Dolphin Group and Wild Journeys, RTÉ 1)

One of the most remarkable sights in the animal kingdom has been captured on camera by wildlife experts off the Co Wexford coast.

Researchers from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group witnessed a humpback whale breach clear of the water on 11 occasions on Saturday.

The humpback, which is believed to be a young male, had not been sighted before in Irish waters.

This recent sighting brings the number of humpbacks documented here to 11, with many of these re-sighted on an annual basis.

Humpbacks were close to global extinction because of commercial whaling, but the IWDG says there is now a 'slow but steady' recovery in numbers.