« BackIncrease in Humpback Whale activity off Blasket Islands

CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=217127Four Humpback Whales have been recorded off the Blasket Islands over the past few days.

Experts believe one particular Humpback Whale has chosen waters off the West Kerry coast as its preferred foraging grounds.


Humpback Whales range in length from 39 feet to 52 feet and weigh about 36,000 kg.

They’re known for breaching and males produce a complex song.
The elusive species typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year, feeding in summer and migrating to tropical waters in winter to breed.

Nick Massett of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has been tracking four humpback whales off the Blasket Islands for the past week.

The humpbacks were feeding relatively close to shore and one of the animals has been milling around the coast since May, following an initial sighting on September 22nd of last year.

There has also been a noted increase in the numbers of Common Dolphin and Minke Whales in Dingle Bay and twelve of Ireland’s smallest and most elusive cetaceans, the harbour porpoise, were also recorded.