Whale & Dolphin watching off the South East Coast of Ireland has become increasingly more popular.
The Irish government declared the coastal waters of Ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary in the 1990's.
The southeast’s coastal waters host many whale and dolphin visitors including the common dolphin, harbour porpoise, Fin, Minke, Sperm and Humpback Whales. An unfortunate shoring of a number of Killer Whales occurred at the Cunnigar Spit, Dungarvan Bay in the early 1980’s.
Humpback whales are becoming more common visitors to the southeast coast, as evidenced in the recent RTE footage at both Hook Head, Wexford and Rams Head Ardmore.
These large marine mammals feed within a few miles of the coastline. Popular sighting months for this species off Waterford is between November and January.