We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.


Pics: These cool Hook Head dolphins will (almost) make you want to take a dip

The water off the coast of Ireland is full of them around this time of year and they seem to be in very good form.

Myles Carroll Myles Carroll

THIS FRIENDLY GROUP of dolphins was spotted off Hook Head in Wexford over the weekend, dancing about and enjoying a cool February morning.

The pictures were taken by award winning photographer Myles Carroll who was out on a charter boat that operates whale and dolphin tours.

Myles Carroll Myles Carroll

Myles Caroll Myles Caroll

As well as a mother dolphin, her calf and some of their mates, he also snapped a pretty big whale.

Myles Carroll Myles Carroll

Martin Colfer, who is the skipper on the boat, told that these sightings are not a rare occurrence but they are always a delight for people on his tours.

“There could be anything up to 50 or 60 dolphins in one group and then you go another few miles and there are another 50,” he said.

Myles Carroll Myles Carroll

The large groups of dolphins are generally very friendly, he said, getting close to the boat and swimming alongside.

He said fin whales are also frequently spotted in the waters between mid November and mid February, during herring season.

Myles Carroll Myles Carroll

“People come from all over. Some people think it can only be seen on television or in another country but we have it here in our own country.”

More information on these tours can be found here or by calling 087 2657177.

Read: Move over Fungi! Dolphins filmed swimming off the Donegal coast>

Read: Wonderful underwater footage of a pod of dolphins off the Kerry coast>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.