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Saturday 19 April 2014

Whales make a splash off Hook

Two fin whales were spotted five miles off Hook Head by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on Friday afternoon. IWDG member Paddy Roche caught a glimpse of the whales around 2.45 p.m. on Friday, however local fishermen have been seeing the huge mammals for the past three weeks..

'I went down to Hook Head that day with a spotting scope and was looking at a trawler that was six or seven miles away and the next thing I saw the fin whales – they popped up in my line of sight,' said Paddy, who stayed and watched the whales for ten minutes until they went out of sight.

According to Paddy, it is expected that more fin whales will be seen between now and March as they arrive to the coast to feast on herrings. When Paddy spotted the whales on Friday weather conditions were hazy, however on a nice and calm day the whales could possibly be seen by the naked eye.

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