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Humpback whales off the West Kerry coast

13.07. 2011  Due to Nick Massett's, local IWDG (Irish Whale and Dolphin Group) member, relentless effort to spot any whales and dolphins that pass the West Kerry coastline, we know that there are two humpback whales cruising just north of the Blasket Islands. He spotted them yesterday and got a re-sighting of them today. Today, for the 1pm Eco Marine Tour, we will be travelling to the spot where they are feeding at present and are keeping our fingers crossed that they will still be there when we arrive. Humpbacks are extremely rare here at this time of the year and usually we would not expect - or hope - to spot some a bit later in the season. Each humpback whale has a unique pattern on its tail fluke and can be photo identified by it. We will combine all our efforts that get that all-important photograph. 

Even if that big "prize" eludes us, there is also an abundance of Minke whales, common dolphins and harbour porpoises feeding in the area at present.

Conditions at sea are perfect at the moment, with flat-calm water and beautiful sunshine - come and join us while it lasts!


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