Killer whales return to Ireland with visit to the Blaskets
A pod of killer whales has been sighted off the south-west coast of Kerry.
The group, which has been seen in the waters around Ireland and Scotland for the last 40 years, was photographed near the Blasket Islands by Nick Massett, of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).
Simon Berrow, chief science officer of the IWDG, said killer whales are spotted off the Irish coast around five or six times a year. "It's not rare, but with killer whales there's no pattern. Other species are more predictable. They can appear anywhere at any time of the year, north, south, east or west.
"So when you see a killer whale it's exciting," he said.
He said among the whales in the eight-strong pod was Joe Coe, who is identifiable by the notch on his dorsal fin. Also among the group was Aquarius and Floppy Finn.
"They used to be nine but one of them, named Nicola, died in 2016."