Whale Watch Ireland 2017, Sat. 26th August

26th Aug 2017

All–Ireland Whale Watch Day 2017 on Saturday 26th August, between 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us across Ireland at one of 20 land-based whale watches to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of Irish waters being declared a sanctuary for whales and dolphins and find out about the 25 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) recorded to date in all Irish waters.

All watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG researchers, enthusiasts and whale watchers, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly-recorded cetacean species seen in Irish waters. The event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast on the same day.  

Please bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.  There are no boat trips involved, and there is, of course, no guarantee that you will see whales or dolphins at your chosen site; but at last year’s event, whales or dolphins were recorded at 15 of 20 sites (75%). So if the weather is suitable on the day, you’ve quite a good chance of seeing some really interesting marine wildlife, and in the process, you’ll be supporting whale and dolphin conservation in Ireland.

For the full list of watching locations, please see the list below, including the contact details for your local organizer, who may be contacted for further details. The event is free and open to all.

Any media enquiries to Pádraig Whooley, IWDG, Phone: 086- 3850568 or email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie

This annual, all-island event is organised by the IWDG in association with Inis Cologne www.inisfragrance.com 

and is once again part of Heritage Week (see www.heritagecouncil.ie for further information).