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Wexford Whale-Watching Trips As Seen On TV

16th January 2013
Wexford Whale-Watching Trips As Seen On TV

#WexfordWhales – Further exciting scenes of cetaceans where witnessed by those on board Celtic Mist yesterday, following the first such sightings in 2013 as previously reported on

Footage of the action was broadcast on this evening's RTE Six One news, from the decks of Ireland's newest marine research vessel, operated by the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group (IWDG).

This month, Celtic Mist will be making day trips in search of whales from Ballyhack on the Wexford side of the Waterford Estuary. In addition the 56ft ketch is to provide daily trips throughout February, when she will be based out of Kilmore Quay to where she heads for the waters off the Saltee Islands, weather permitting.

If you would like to join Celtic Mist for a day out, email: [email protected] or call 086 2358771 to make a booking and for further details visit

Celtic Mist, retains her original name from her days during ownership of the Haughey family, until she was donated to the IWDG back in 2011. She was refitted for her new role and she made her maiden voyage last September.

She was completed in 1974 by Custo in Brittany, France and designed by Dominique Presles. A 350HP diesel Caterpillar engine provides a maximum speed of 8.5 knots and a cruising speed of 6 knots. Facilities include a large galley, chart/navigation area and accommodation for eight berths.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!