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Whalewatch Ireland 2004 at Loop Head

Whalewatch Ireland 2004 is upon us again. This will be the fourth year of this All-Ireland event and once again Loop Head is included as a venue.

Irish waters are one of the most important areas for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Europe. To date 24 species have been recorded including blue whales, the largest animals ever to have lived on this planet and beaked whales, some of which have never been seen alive and are only known from specimens washed upon the Irish coast.

At least 11 species are regularly seen including harbour porpoises, common, bottlenose, Risso’s, white-sided, white-beaked dolphin and pilot, killer, minke, fin and humpback whales. Loop Head is a particularly good site for watching harbour porpoises, common, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins and minke whales. Killer whales have been seen frequently over the last 6 months.

Whalewatch Ireland 2004 aims to introduce people to the joys of land-based whalewatching. Experienced whalewatchers from the Irish Whale and Dolphin group will be on hand to show people the field techniques and cues to the presence of whales and dolphins. The weather and sea-state are the most important factors influencing our ability to see whales and dolphins so we are hoping for a calm, sunny day.

Whalewatch Ireland is sponsored by Inis perfume – the cologne for both men and women. A free sample pack with the new IWDG Whalewatching map of Ireland will be available to everybody who attends Whalewatch Ireland 2004.

Whalewatch Ireland will be on Sunday 1 August at 2pm at Loop Head.

Meet at the lighthouse carpark.


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