Monday, 19 March 2007


PHOTO: visitors looked very closely for mammal movement in the Atlantic at last weeks whale watch.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the declaration of Irish waters, there was a whale watch around the country last week. We went up to Dunree to join in the fun of trying to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises in the Swilly. Although the mammals were shy and did not show for us, the crowd that gathered still has a fabulous time. Emmet Johnston, the wildlife ranger was outside on the hill overlooking the sea with telescopic lenses helping to answer visitors’ questions. Inside the wonderful exhibition centre at Dunree there was a comprehensive display of information and fun activities for us to learn more about our 24 cetacean visitors that grace the Irish coastline. There have been sightings all over the peninsula of porpoises and dolphins. The porpoises have been playing around Neds point and the dolphins can be spotted a bit farther up the coast. As long at the water stays warm and the small fish are swimming around, these friendly mammals should be staying around. I hope that the Jet Ski and powerboat users are aware of them and steer clear

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