Monday 21 August 2017

WATCH: Rare Killer whale found washed up on Galway coast

Eighteenth recorded Irish stranding of this species in last 100 years

Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis
Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

A Galway man stumbled upon a very rare sight while out for a walk over the weekend.

Roundstone native Ronan Davis was only a few hundred yards from his house when he came across the carcass of a killer whale on Dolan beach.

Although it's not rare for locals to  come across washed-up aquatic life, Ronan has never come across one this big.

"Things wash in all the time, last one I remember was a pilot whale. Dolphins end up on the shore a good bit," Ronan said.

Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis
Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis
Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis

"I've figured this one must be around 25 foot. You can find anything on the shore nowadays."

An avid photographer, Ronan took some pictures and videos of his unusual find, which he sent to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).

Not long afterwards, their Strandings Officer Mick O'Connell confirmed its breed.

"It was a male killer whale. They're neither common nor very rare, but they're out there. You wouldn't see them very often," he told Independent.ie.

Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis
Male killer whale carcass on Dolan beach. Photo: Ronan Davis

He added that they're fish-eating species and are no major threat to people.

If you have a photos or videos of a whale or dolphin that you would like to identify, you can send them to IWDG through their website here.

If you have a video that you'd like to share with us, you can send it to video@independent.ie.

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