Whale Watch Ireland 2008 Results

26th Aug 2008 IWDG are delighted that Whale Watch Ireland 2008 helped kick-start the 1st day of Heritage Week, which runs from 24th-31st August.

For further details on how you can take part in learning more about Ireland's wealth of natural, built and cultural heritage visit www.heritageweek.ie

Summary of Whale Watch Ireland 2008 Results


 No's people Attending: c1,537

 Cetaceans seen at 7 of 15 sites (46%)



 2 cetacean species seen: Harbour porpoise & Bottlenose dolphin

 39 individual cetaceans seen: 20 harbour porpoise and 19 bottlenose dolphins


Breakdown by watch site...

1. Location: Galley Head, Cork

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Poor

No's attending: c175



2. Location: Garranes, Beara, Cork

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 65

3. Location: Bray Hd., Valentia Isl., Kerry

Cetaceans: 1 harbour porpoise

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 35

4. Location: Slea Head, Kerry

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 65

5. Location: Loop Head, Clare

Cetaceans: 9-10 bottlenose dolphins

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 125



6. Location: Black Head, Clare

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 20



7. Location: Mullaghmore Hd, Sligo

Cetaceans: 7 bottlenose dolphins

Weather: Fair-poor

No's attending: 100




8. Location: Dunree, Lough Swilly, Donegal

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Fair

No's attending: 325





9. Location: Ramore Head, Antrim

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Fair-poor

No's attending: 32



10. Location: Larne, Antrim

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Fair

No's attending: 40

11. Location: Newcastle, Down

Cetaceans: 5-8 harbour porpoise

Weather: Fair

No's attending: 15

12. Location: Howth Head, Dublin

Cetaceans: c9 harbour porpoise

Weather: Good

No's attending: 100





13. Location: Bray Head, Wicklow

Cetaceans: 1 harbour porpoise

Weather: Good

No's attending: 60



14. Location: Hook Head, Wexford

Cetaceans: None

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 225

15. Location: Ardmore Head, Waterford

Cetaceans: 3 harbour porpoise

Weather: Poor

No's attending: 130

IWDG would like to extend a huge thank you to the 15 watch leaders and the many volunteers who gave up their time to assit them. You know who you are.

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