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Monday, December 8, 2008

Whale Watching around West Cork

West Cork has an abundant population of Whale species and Dolphins.

Bantry Bay, where we used to live for 4 years, sees some of these species stranded now and then too.
I remember when a friend of us, Jill Murphy, who owned one of the hotels, built along the Bantry Bay southern coast line, had a Killer Whale stranded on the small strand in front of the hotel.

We saw a Blue Whale in the water from a cliff when we were on Achill Island, an island off the west coast of Ireland, which is connected by a long bridge to the mainland at Westport County Mayo.
And although we were really very high above the water, it was still an amazing sight and were struck by its sheer size.

Closer to home and it is Nic Slocum who is doing Whale watching tours in his boat Voyager.

He sails from Union Hall at the SW coast near Skibbereen, and Nic tells me that the boats cannot be boarded by people with limited mobility. The local council is planning for adaptations to Reen pier where the boat is moored.

He hopes that the facilities will be in place at the start of the next season. Any news will be posted on his website.

I think I'd better start saving, because I'd love to do a tour.

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