#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 Afloat.ie
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.
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.