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31st Aug 2021

Up to three humpback whales have been spotted off the coast of West Clare!

Fiona Frawley

Looks like Wally isn’t the only one enjoying a trip around the Wild Atlantic Way.

According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, there have been as many as three humpback whale sightings recently around West Clare.

Predominantly black in colour, the whales can grow up to 17 metres with elongated white flippers which are 1/3 of the body’s length. They can be distinguished by the tubercles or sensory bumps around the top of their head, relatively small dorsal fin and knuckle-like ridges along the tail, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

Clare-based photographer Martin Kiely got some incredible shots of the giant creatures as they enjoyed a dip near Kilkee:

The IWDG have advised to keep an eye out for the whales and report any sightings via their app or website. This information contributes to their knowledge of how and when these animals use our waters.

Weekend road trip to Clare, anyone?

Header image via Instagram/martinburrenphotography

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