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    Nature On One Sunday 9th June 2013


    Whaling off Hook Head

    Colin Stafford Johnson heads offshore with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, from Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, to try to find the second largest animal on earth, the fin whale. No less than 24 species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in Irish waters, ranging in size from the harbour porpoise to the blue whale, the largest animal that has ever lived. Will they manage to track down what is known as the greyhound of whale species, the fin whale?

    Locations: Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Hook Head.

    Contributors: Padraig Whooley, Andrew Malcolm, Paddy Roche, IWDG, and RTE’s Philip Bromwell.

    Picture Captions: A fin whale surfacing, with Hook Head Lighthouse in background.

    ‘Blow!’ - Padraig Whooley, IWDG, spots a fin whale

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    This ten part radio documentary series sees Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman and television presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson turn his talents to radio. Colin travels across the country on the hunt for some of our most remarkable animals and wild places. Tune in and allow yourself to be transported to Skellig Michael, with its noisy storm petrels, manx shearwaters and puffins; or into the midst of a grey seal colony on the windswept Inishkea Islands; venture below ground.

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