Northwest and North coast produce sightings

11th Jun 2007 This lovely photo of a minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

West of Aranmore Isl., Co. Donegal on 8/06/07 taken by IWDG member John Rafferty shows that whales, especially the minke can be seen in all Irish waters.

Also the fact that a Basking shark was observed during an IWDG Ferry Survey from Larne to Cairnryan on Sat 9th June, suggests that their distribution in Irish waters isn't currently limited to the South coast.

If you'd like to learn more about cetaceans, whale watching and the conservation issues impacting on them in N. Irish waters you might be interested in attending the following one-day course

22nd July, 2007

One-day Cetacean identification & recording course

Loc: HM Coastguard, 24 Clare Road, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

Contact:, Ph. 07860408345

Fee: IWDG members £15, Non-members £25

Pádraig Whooley

IWDG Sightings Co-ordinator

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