Two brothers were quietly fishing off the north western coast of Ieland recently when they got a bit of a shock.  Out from the water rose a pair of killer whales, very close to the boat.  The lucky fisherman are Pat and John Cunningham who were trawling for Pollock in their slamm 20ft rowing boat.  They were only half a mile from the shore near to the town of Glencomcille when they had their incredible experience.

“We had come across dolphins earlier… and they were jumping around our boat,” said John (50). But then there was a splash, which I knew straight away wasn’t a dolphin. Then the two killer whales rose from the water. I’ve only ever seen them in the North Sea when I was commercial fishing up there,” John explained.”

Here’s a great video of some Orca Whales captured about a year ago, not very far away.

 

Some of the Whale watching groups in the area have speculated that the pair may have been the same spotted off Mizen Head in Cork on the 11th June and a little later off the coast of Cork.

You can find a full report of the sighting on the Irish Indepent site, plus on the BBC archives and iPlayer site – this link will help outside UK.  There’s frequent whale sightings all across the coasts of Ireland and they seem to be increasing.  A good source of information is on Ireland’s National Broadcaster RTE which often features stories and news reports about whale sightings.  You can only access the International version if you’re based outside Ireland, although you can get the full site using this method – RTE player from UK or USA.

One Response to “Fantastic Sighting of Killer Whales Off Donegal Coast.”

  1. Jay Says:

    Gosh thanks for the RTE tip, didn’t expect to find it here on a site about Whales. I also found it worked for TV3 as well and the program you suggested gives access to the BBC aswell when you use an English proxy like this one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXVY0GqUQkY