A humpback whale in ‘full flight’ in the waters near Hook Head on Saturday last.    | Photo: Padraig Whooley/IWDG

A humpback whale in ‘full flight’ in the waters near Hook Head on Saturday last. | Photo: Padraig Whooley/IWDG


Humpback whales made a welcome and spectacular appearance between Waterford and Wexford last weekend and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) was on hand to capture this spectacular event.
Large whale activity has been reported in the waters between Dunmore East and Hook Head since New Year’s Eve.
With that in mind, the IWDG chartered Duncannon skipper Martin Colfer’s MV Rebecca C on Friday last to conduct further studies – and lo and behold, they struck the jackpot!
Between Friday and Sunday, researchers identified four cetacean (whale and dolphin) species in the waters surrounding the Hook Peninsula, namely harbour porpoises, common dolphins, humpback whale and fin whales.
And, three miles off the Hook, humpback whales ‘breached’ the choppy mouth of Waterford Harbour, a stunning spectacle rarely if ever witnessed before in Irish waters.
“One of the largest creatures on the planet ‘exploding’ out of the water is truly one of the most remarkable slights in the animal kingdom,” said the IWDG’s Padraig Whooley, who photographed the event.
Filmmaker Ross Bartley, also on board the Rebecca C and, with HD camera in hand, shot the 45-minute nautical show, some of which shall be screened in a forthcoming RTE wildlife series titled ‘Wild Journeys’.
Meanwhile, a coffee morning in aid of the Concern Haiti Relief Fund will be held at Hook Lighthouse this Saturday, January 30th from 10am to 2pm.
Coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits will be sold for this most worthy of causes, with a raffle draw being held at 1.30pm with the promise of prizes galore!