Want to go whale watching next weekend?

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites you to join them for a land-based whale watch at a local headland between 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday 24th August.

The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 25 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales ) recorded to date in all Irish waters, by giving the public an opportunity to look for and observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.

This annual, all-island event, organized by the IWDG and sponsored by Inis the Energy of the Sea www.seathebeauty.net is free and open to all. 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 in Irish waters.

The nearest watch to Galway will take place at Black Head Lighthouse in Co. Clare. This annual, all-island event is free and open to all including children. The watch will be led by Sandra O'Donovan who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly recorded cetacean species seen in Irish waters.

The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 25 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales ) recorded to date in all Irish waters, by giving the public an opportunity to look for and observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.

There are no boat trips involved and there is no guarantee of sightings or, indeed, of good weather. That said, dress for the conditions on the day and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras and we'll give it a lash.

For the record, the watches from Black Head in 2017 and 2018 yielded perfect conditions and multiple sightings of Harbour Porpoises and Common Dolphins.

Please note that due to the uneven terrain and proximity to deep water children must be supervised at all times.

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