WHALE OF A TIME AHEAD
Published 28/08/2011 | 05:00
Charlie Haughey's yacht may be used to search for the largest animal on the planet, 60 miles off the Irish coast.
There was a rare sighting of the elusive blue whale in Irish waters in 2009 but the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is planning on berthing the Celtic Mist on the edge of the continental shelf to find out if they are resident off our coast.
There have only been five sightings of the animals in Irish waters since whaling stations closed in 1922.
The whale, which has a heart the size of a small car, is thought to pass by Ireland every year on its migration.
Dr Simon Berrow, who founded the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, said the former Taoiseach's boat would allow the group to research the presence of the creatures.
He said: "With the Celtic Mist we will be able to go out there for a few weeks and sit there and wait for them."