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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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Other Marine Wildlife in West Cork

basking shark, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG

There is always something wonderful to observe when out with Colin.

If whales are hard to find given reasonable weather conditions Colin generally produces a range of species which you would not think possible in these waters.

Most trips have sightings of Ireland's smallest cetacean, the harbour porpoise, and common dolphins are present during summer, autumn and winter often to be seen in large groups with their calves.  Every season brings sporadic visits from Risso’s, Atlantic white-sided and striped dolphins.

seals, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG

Also resident are Atlantic grey and common seals, most often seen basking on any of the beautiful uninhabited islands of the area.

The seals are here all year round and will be seen on every trip.





gannet, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG

West Cork waters are home to both oceanic and coastal sea birds, seen in thousands on WHALE WATCH trips, often in association with feeding whales and dolphins. On any one trip up to 20 species might be observed.  

Colin can help identify all the species found here and is a fountain of knowledge on their ecology, and, yes, Colin's passion for birds is as infectious as his passion for marine mammals.

There are also possibilities of brief encounters with migrants such as basking sharks (late spring, early summer), leatherback turtles and sunfish during the summer months.