Whale Watching in West Cork

During the last week in August in Ireland we have been celebrating National Heritage Week, and we have been taking full advantage of the many activities taking place, a lot of them free, and visiting places that are not usually open to the public.

One such place that we visited was the lighthouse at Galley Head, to do some whale watching.    It was a beautiful sunny Sunday when we travelled the hour or so to Galley Head, beyond Clonakilty.    The whale watching took place in the grounds of the lighthouse, and was organised by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), who gave a talk on the different varieties of whales and dolphins that can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland.

There were also Bird Watching Groups at the event, as large groups of birds usually follow the whales and dolphins, to take advantage of the copious amounts of fish and plankton disturbed by these huge mammals, so if ever you see large groups of birds circling over the water, it could be that there are whales nearby!

And did we see many whales…..not even one!    They were playing hard to get, I think!

We did have a lovely day though, and managed to get a few more interesting photos on our walk to the lighthouse


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natascha's Palace
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 17:23:31

    This is lovely!

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  2. BunKaryudo
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 17:34:48

    Based on the bottom right-hand picture, Joan, I think I may have detected the problem. I’m not a biologist, but I have been reliably informed that the whales live in the water and not in the sky. Oh, well. Live and learn! 😀

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  3. Jean Reinhardt
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 20:36:58

    Ah those sea creatures can be elusive and never seem to make an appearance when you’re looking for them. When my daughter was i primary school here in Youghal, a pod of dolphins came into the bay, putting on a wonderful performance and the whole class had a bird’s eye view of them from their second floor classroom window. Best lesson ever.

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  4. Brittany
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 00:27:42

    This is like a dream. I want this adventure in my life RIGHT NOW!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Ruth2Day
    Sep 06, 2015 @ 10:01:26

    oh the chance to lay in the grass on a warm sunny day

    Liked by 1 person


  6. the dune mouse
    Sep 06, 2015 @ 16:49:46

    It looks a lovely spot- whales or not!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. LeftFootDaisy
    Sep 09, 2015 @ 11:07:39

    Great photography as always Joan

    Liked by 1 person


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