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Watching Whales, Dolphins and Basking Sharks

Two of our most popular articles here on Ireland’s Wildlife are features on How to Watch Basking Sharks and How to Watch Whales and Dolphins.

Fin whales: regulars off Ireland's wild south coast!

Ireland’s marine wildlife is showcasing in an incredible two-part documentary, “Ireland’s Deep Atlantic“, at the moment as part of RTÉ’s Our Wild Island series of programmes (the first episode aired last night — repeated on Tuesday 24 April or catch up on the RTÉ Player here — the concluding episode will hit our screens next Sunday 29 April).

With Basking Sharks, Minke Whales and Humpbacks off Ireland’s south coast right now, this is a great time to get out and experience some of this incredible marine wildlife for yourself.

Check out the articles below for hints, tips and advice on looking for some of the planet’s most breathtaking wildlife from Irish shores.

Lunge feeding minke whale

How to watch Whales & Dolphins

Of the 25 species of whales and dolphins recorded in Irish waters we can see six regularly from shore-based vantage points around the Irish coast. Here’s how you can find them.

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How to watch Basking Sharks

Basking sharks, the world’s second largest fish, visit the Irish coastline every year from spring through to late summer. In the right conditions they are clearly visible on the surface, sometimes very close to shore. Here are our top-tips for shark-watching.

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If you’re looking for some experienced guidance looking for whales, dolphins, sharks and other marine and coastal wildlife, you’ll find it’s a key element on our wildlife holidays and short breaks — or check out our private wildlife guiding services or guided wildlife walks.

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