Humpback Whales in Ireland

The humpback whale is one of 24 species of cetacean recorded in Irish waters... humpbacks are seen regularly from shore and whale watching trips off the south coast of Ireland, mainly in autumn and early winter, but have been recorded in every month of the year.

Wildlife Highlights of 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for wildlife on the West Cork stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Calvin Jones takes a look back at some of the highlights…. With 2017 well underway I’m looking forward to the wonderful wildlife encounters the year undoubtedly has in store, but I also can’t help looking back at the […]

World class whale watching? Head for Ireland!

I’d had a fantastic day watching all manner of wildlife along the West Cork Coast with guests on one of our custom Discover Wildlife Tours recently. From basking sharks to choughs and jays, wildflowers and butterflies to common dolphins, minke whales, and much more besides… by any measure it had been an exciting day. We were […]

Baby humpbacks suckle up to 80 pints of their mother’s milk every day

Young humpback whales guzzle some 45kg of their mother’s milk every single day — that’s an astonishing 80 pints or so of the nutrient rich cocktail. That fun whale factoid comes from an Instagram post by the BBC Earth team promoting the upcoming “Big Blue Live” due to air on BBC later this month live from the fantastic marine sanctuary of California’s Monterrey […]

Humpback whale wows onlookers at Inchydoney

Inchydoney beach, near Clonakilty in West Cork, is one of the undisputed jewels along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This outstanding blue flag beach draws visitors from far and wide, but earlier this week it was a visitor of a different kind that was getting all the attention. The sandy bottom in the bay off Inchydoney is […]

New humpback whale off Irish south coast

A new humpback whale for Irish waters has been added to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) photo-id catalogue for the species. West Cork whale watching operator Colin Barnes of Cork Whale Watch found the lone humpback during an afternoon whale watching trip out of Reen Pier near Union Hall.  According to the company’s Facebook fan page whale […]

New humpback whale recorded in Irish waters

Ireland’s 2013/14 “Large Whale Season” got off to a flying start last week with a brand new entry to Ireland’s humpback whale catalogue. Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) member and keen whale watcher Nick Massett observed and photographed the whale — the 23rd humpback recorded in Irish waters, and now dubbed HBIRL23 — off Clogher Head […]

IWDG humpback research charter opened to non-members

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has opened up a research charter scheduled for tomorrow morning to non-members. The formerly “members only” research trip is hoping to find and photograph the humpback whale confirmed in the area yesterday afternoon, and is scheduled to leave Reen Pier, Union Hall, West Cork at 9am sharp… details […]

New humpback whale for Ireland spotted off West Cork

A new humpback whale for Ireland was spotted just off the coast of West Cork yesterday (Mon 18/03). Micheal Cottrel, owner of Baltimore Sea Safari confirmed the humpback sighting, and photographs obtained by Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) members Simon Duggan and Youen Yacob allowed the IWDG to confirm the young animal as a […]

West Cork Whale Watching: Front Page News

Whale watching in West Cork is in the news again after this incredible shot made the front page of several national newspapers today. A humpback breaching off the West Cork Coast (c) Simon Duggan, All Rights Reserved It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment captured by whale watcher and long time Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) member Simon […]

World Class Whale Watching off the West Cork Coast

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has highlighted the world class whale watching opportunities at several sites along the Irish south coast at the moment, with significant large whale activity reported from Co. Kerry east to Co. Waterford. The nucleus of this activity is currently centred off the coast of West Cork, where fin, […]

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