Whales & dolphins of Rathlin June 2013

Whales and dolphins of Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim

Friday, 31 May 2013 06:39

Killer whale pair, Giant’s Causeway 02/09/10
Killer whale pair, Giant&#039;s Causeway 02/09/10<br>
(c) Lynn Neill

To coincide with the IWDG’s Celtic Mist arriving in Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim today 31st May to celebrate the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2013, IWDG has undertaken a general 10 year review of cetacean and basking shark sightings in the waters around and adjacent to Rathlin Island. ¬†Although historically there have been relatively few sightings reported to IWDG from Rathlin Island, which is situated just 3 miles off the North Antrim coast between Fair Head and Rue point, this more likely reflects on the low observer recording effort than any lack of marine megafauna.

We hope that the presence of the Celtic Mist will be a big draw for the festival and that it will encourage further recording of cetacean activity both by passengers on the Ballycastle ferry as well as locals and visitors to the island.  Congratulations to Micheal Cecil and colleagues for putting together the festival, which we hope is a resounding success.

See link below to PDF of report

Good luck from all in IWDG

Download attachments: Rathlin Island Cetacean Report 2013

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