The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has described the arrival of large numbers of minke whales along Irish inshore waters as "a good omen" for this weekend’s All-Ireland Whale Watch Day.

Members of the public are invited to join one of 16 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 18 August.

The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that have been recorded around the Irish coast.

The event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity in Irish inshore waters.

Visit the IWDG website for more details on the whale watch locations.