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Monday, September 22, 2008

What a spot!

Ivan O'Kelly recently joined anglers looking catch albacore tuna aboard the 12.5 metre MV Atlantic Explorer in the hope of catching a glimpse of fin whales.

Mr O'Kelly did see a whale and took some snaps and sent them to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). He was a bit surprised to find he had actually seen only the second validated account of a Blue Whale off of the coast of Ireland.

According to Mr O'Kelly

It was certainly one-and-a-half times the size of our boat,

It had a speckled back, and was very fast moving, fast swimming and very muscular.

I never realised how impressive these creatures are. It was mind-blowing. It really was a very unique experience.

Padraig Whooley, IWDG sightings co-ordinator, said

This sighting will have not just Irish or EU significance - it is of global importance

1 comment:

Beki said...

I would love to go whale watching. My friend went and when she saw her first whale just burst into tears - supposedly that is quite a common reaction!