The arrival of large numbers of minke whales along Irish inshore waters seems like a good omen for this weekend’s all Island whale watch day on Sunday 18th August. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on one of 16 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm.
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, by giving members of the public an opportunity to observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.
This annual, all-island event, organized by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in association with Inis Cologne is free and open to all. All whale watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly observed cetacean species seen in Irish waters.
You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. There are no boat trips involved, and there are of course no guarantees that you will see whales or dolphins during your particular event. Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below) or visit the IWDG website www.iwdg.ie for the latest information on whale and dolphin sightings and strandings in Irish waters.
Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council www.heritagecouncil.ie
Location Meeting Point Watch Leader Contact
Howth Hd., Co. Dublin, Balscadden Car Park.
Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin, Vico Road.
Bray Hd., Co. Wicklow, Pitch & putt.
Hook Hd, Co. Wexford, Lighthouse.
Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ram Hd tower.
Galley Hd., Co. Cork, Lighthouse.
Clogher Hd. Co. Kerry, Layby.
Brandon Pt. Co. Kerry Car Park.
Loop Hd., Co. Clare, Lighthouse.
Black Hd, Co. Clare, Lighthouse.
Downpatrick Hd, Co. Mayo, Car Park.
Mullaghmore Hd, Co. Sligo, lay-by.
Malin Head, Co. Donegal, Signal Tower.
Ramore Hd, Co. Antrim, Portrush Coastal Zone.
Portmuck, Co. Antrim, Car park.
Bloody Bridge, Co. Down, Car park, David Williams 028-90455784
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