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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Haughey's Celtic Mist used for BBC whale film

A humpback whale breaches at the mouth of Baltimore Harbour.
A humpback whale breaches at the mouth of Baltimore Harbour.

Nick Bramhill

IRELAND'S growing reputation as a world-class destination for whale watching will be showcased to millions of TV viewers, after BBC wildlife documentary-makers successfully captured hours of "stunning" footage of a breaching humpback whale off west Kerry.

Producers of 'The One Show' said they were "absolutely delighted" with the whale activity they shot in the Atlantic last week during a three-day collaboration with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on board Celtic Mist, late Taoiseach Charlie Haughey's restored yacht.

The spectacular footage, which was captured off Skellig Michael, shows a humpback breaching up to 15 times in the stunning seascape.

Lara Bickerton, the director of the BBC shoot, said: "It was an amazing trip and we were lucky to get beautiful weather and blue skies for the most part, which was vital to it being successful.

"It was truly amazing to see a humpback breaching so many times. It's something you wouldn't be able to see anywhere off the British coast.

"When I mentioned to colleagues that I was going over to Ireland to film humpbacks, they seemed shocked because they didn't realise how good whale watching is over there."

Irish Independent

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