Kitted out in fetching life jackets and lots of warm clothes, we headed out to sea and were told to look out for a couple of different indicators of whale and dolphin activity. The first was diving gannets and the second was 'excited' manx shearwaters, as both feed on the same fish (or remains of fish) as the dolphins and whales. We saw both (but I'm still not sure what an excited manx shearwater looks like!) and knew to search for fins or jumping dolphins around the birds
|Rubbish photo I'm afraid, but they were tricky to get a photo of as you just |
don't know when or where they're going to appear
|Short-beaked common dolphin|
After several hours (which flew by) we headed back to Baltimore, which looked beautiful all lit up for the evening.
|Baltimore, West Cork|