Celtic Mist

Celtic Mist is a 56ft steel hulled ketch owned by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.  It was donated to the group in 2011 for marine research in recognition of their work over the past 23 years.  Celtic Mist was built in 1974 by Custo in Brittany, France and  designed by Dominique Presles.  It has a 350 HP diesel Caterpillar engine giving it a maximum speed of 8.5 knots and a cruising speed of 6 knots.  The vessel berths 8 people with excellent facilities including a large galley and chart/navigation area.  Celtic Mist is a fantastic resource for IWDG members, it was officially launched as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Groups new vessel in August 2012.  The Yacht set sail in September 2012 with a team of IWDG members aboard in search of Cetaceans.  The maiden voyage proved very successful as the team encountered 12 species of Cetaceans from Harbour Porpoise to Blue Whales. IWDG intend to use the Celtic Mist to train and teach IWDG members how to survey and record whales and dolphins, including using acoustic survey techniques. It will also be used for dedicated research projects and professional training and development.

We intend to encourage schools and young people to visit the yacht to learn about Cetaceans and the rich marine life in Ireland and to promote marine conservation.  The Celtic Mist is equipped with Acoustic marine monitoring equipment   to enable our scientists, students and members to learn more about the distribution, abundance, movements and behaviour of whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.


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