Saturday 16 November 2019

Don't go abroad to see dolphins

I refer to the advice given by Tom Hall in the travel section entitled 'Swimming with dolphins' (Irish Independent, January 16).

While I commend the journalist for his sensitivity to disturbing dolphins by swimming with them, I condemn his advice to visit "Azores, Alaska and Spain" to view these intelligent mammals.

There are many populations of Bottlenose and Common dolphins around our coast, not to mention some sightings of the more rare Risso's dolphin.

There are small family-run eco-tourism companies around Ireland where you can view these amazing mammals in the wild, such as Dulra Nature Tours in north-west Mayo, or Colin Barnes in west Cork; which, for a very fair price, will keep the kids enthralled.

Ireland is a prime location for whale and dolphin watching, as has been confirmed by the many articles published in your paper featuring the fine work of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

I hope your travel journalists will try to promote Irish tourism, particularly eco-tourism, whenever possible.

James Keating
Galway-Mayo InstiTute of Technology, Galway

Irish Independent

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