Question: What whales are found in Ireland?

Is there humpback whales in Ireland?

Humpback whales can be seen in Irish waters throughout the year, but the most frequent sightings occur in spring through to early winter when they visit seasonal feeding grounds.

Are there blue whales in Ireland?

Blue whales, which are the largest animals in the history of the planet – bigger than any dinosaur, are very rarely spotted in Irish waters. … The IWDG said it was its “first confirmed report in six years” of a blue whale in Irish waters, and that there had only been 18 recorded sightings since 2008.

Are there orcas in Ireland?

The killer whale or orca is the only toothed whale that is regularly seen in Northern Ireland waters. These highly intelligent predators are easily recognized and usually occur in family groups (pods) of 5-20 individuals. The killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family.

Where can you see orcas in Ireland?

Top spots to go whale watching in Kerry are Ballybunion Cliffs, Kerry Head, Brandon Point, Slea Head Peninsula, Blasket Islands, Bray Head/Valentia Island and Skellig Island.

Can you see whales in Ireland?

To date 24 species of the world’s whales and dolphins have been recorded in Irish waters. In recent years over 12 cetacean species have been seen in the clear, unpolluted West Cork waters making them one of the richest areas for whale and dolphin watching in Ireland.

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When can you see whales in Ireland?

The minke whale migration brings them to the west coast of Ireland from March to November. Fall and early winter is the best time to spot fin whales (September to December) and humpback whales (November to January). Occasionally, people see orcas and long-finned pilot whales.