Common dolphins and a minke whale in Dingle Bay
Today saw the return of large numbers of common dolphins to the waters around the Blaskets and also gave us our first sighting this spring of a minke whale in Dingle Bay. Good, clear viewing conditions from Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula allowed us to enjoy a great display of dozens of commons, surrounded by numerous feeding seabirds like gannets, guillemots and gulls.
The big treat of the day, however, was the first sighting of a minke whale this year. While we cannot be absolutely certain that there are no minke whales present here during the winter they are definitely very thin on the ground from December through to March. Having witnessed both species here today makes us all the keener to get out on the water again in a couple of weeks when our season starts at the beginning of April.
Last but by no means least we enjoyed watching large numbers of grey seals (in excess of 600 animals) hauled out on the Blasket Island beach. Grey seals moult in late winter/early spring and spend a lot of their out of the water for the duration of the moult.