Thursday 22 August 2019

Groups gather on Wexford coast in search of whales

Crowds on the lookout for whales at last year's watch.
Crowds on the lookout for whales at last year's watch.


Crowds of people will flock to Hook Head on August 28 to try to catch a glimpse of one of Ireland's several species of whale.

As part of the annual 'All-Ireland Whale Watch Day', members of the public will join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group for a land-based whale watch from the Wexford headland. The watch is one of 20 such events that are set to take place around the country.

'August is not a great time for seeing large whales at Hook Head and there are no known resident cetaceans in that area so it is a matter of chance if we spot a passing porpoise or pod of dolphins,' explained Jim Hurley, who will be leading the watch. 'That said, the more eyes that are watching the better the chance of spotting something.'

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of porpoises, dolphins and whales that have been recorded in Irish waters. Led by members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, participants will be shown how to identify some of the more commonly-observed species.

Organisers advise visitors to bring binoculars for the free event, which runs from 2pm until 5pm.

The event takes place at the lighthouse complex by permission of Hook Heritage. Watches will take place indoors from the Watch Tower and on the viewing platform out of doors.

Wexford People

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