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recent sightings of whales and dolphins, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG
book your west cork whale watching trip, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG
amazing gallery of photgraphs, © Mike Brown Photography

Testimonials & Media

I stopped counting when I got to 37 dolphins. The jumping, diving, jostling pod had surrounded our catamaran like a gang of silver grey muggers, but my attention had been sidetracked by two bulky, menacing shapes to the left of the group......

Ian Belcher, The Guardian

A giant head broke the surface and a plume of spray erupted seven metres into the air. The head was followed by the graceful arch of an enormous back and, several seconds later, by a small curved dorsal fin...

Calvin Jones. The Countryman

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marine life in west cork waters, © Ian Slevin
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Research and Conservation

reserach and education marine life in west cork, © Simon Berrow, IWDG

Colin has worked closely with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) since 2000, assisting with their scientific surveys from the ‘Holly Jo,’ developing recommendations for responsible WHALE WATCHing in marine eco-tourism. which is West Cork now enjoys a developing whale watching industry which is set to grow in years to come.

Colin submits all his cetacean sightings to the IWDG's sighting scheme, and has co-authorship of Photo-Identification of fin and humpback whales off the south coast of Ireland and several other peer reviewed publications in progress.

Colin continues to work with further research endeavours to enable future developments in marine conservation with particular reference to cetaceans.

education and research, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG

Colin is involved with television wildlife productions including ‘Wild Trials’ with Ray D’Arcy and Mike Brown,  Ergo Films ‘In Search of the Irish Humpback,’ Tom McSweeney’s maritime news reports and most recently Colin Stafford-Johnson’s ‘Living the Wildlife,’ an RTE1 series which ran in 2008.   Just a glimpse of the amazing pictures achieved from the ‘Holly Jo’ in these documentaries will give you an idea of the treat that awaits you on a boat trip with Colin Barnes.

The "Holly Jo" has recently been fitted with a primary observation platform which is ideal for professional filmmakers, researchers, and the wildlife specialist. Access to this is by prior consent from the skipper. The vessel also offers unparalleled views of bow-riding dolphins from the front rails.

Trips are also booked by schools, colleges and youth groups to enhance students’ learning, whether in the realms of marine wildlife or the disciplines of physics and engineering.  Teachers and youth workers alike have found Colin’s expertise and powers of communication an inspiration to their students and he endeavours to plan trips to coincide with the demands of curriculum and timetables.

Colin will continue to work with further research endeavours by research NGO's and Universties to enable future developments in marine conservation with particular reference to cetaceans.