'A fantastic treat' - Rare sighting of killer whale off the coast of Dingle

By Fiona Frawley

July 11, 2023 at 1:06pm


The orcas said "don't worry Fungie, we'll take it from here".

Passengers aboard the Dingle Sea Safari were treated to a special show this week, as an orca was seen nimbly tipping in and out of the water.

The boat tour invites ocean enthusiasts out on the water to explore the Dingle Peninsula, enjoy scenery, rock formations and if they're lucky, sightings of various sea creatures.

Those aboard can usually hope to see puffins, seals, and the occasional dolphin, but the sighting of an orca is rare and very special.

Passengers aboard the tour on Monday afternoon shared photos and videos of the orca, in social posts that have amassed hundreds of views and comments. Sharing one of the clips, Dingle Sea Safari wrote:

"An amazing sighting of orcas today onboard our tour! This is such a rare sighting as it's only the second time in 8 years we've seen them in Dingle Bay. What a fantastic treat for our customers".


Kerry is known for having incredible marine life, from harbour porpoises to majestic humpback whales. While orca whales have previously been sighted in Irish waters, their seasonal habits are unpredictable and it's hard to know what waters they'll venture to in search of food.

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