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Dolphin Watching at Loop Head

There are many species of Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in Irish waters. Loop Head is a well-known spot for watching from shore and there is always a chance of seeing a fin or a blow from this headland.

The most common types of Cetaceans around the Loop Head peninsula are Common Dolphins, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and, especially, Bottlenose Dolphins, of which there is a resident group of 140 in the Shannon Estuary.

Spotting dolphins and whales from a headland may require a lot of patience (and a pair of binoculars) but if you wait long enough, you will probably be rewarded with a sighting.

Look for flocks of birds (where there are birds feeding, there could be dolphins or whales too), a change in wave patterns, a blow (a plume of water vapour) or footprint (the circular, smooth patch of surface water where a whale or dolphin has dived to a lower depth).

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