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Cork Whale Watch

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About Cork Whale Watch
Colin Barnes is Ireland's longest established and best known whale watch operator, and has been enthralling whale watchers and wildlife enthusiasts in West Cork since 2001. Cork Whale Watch offers wonderful opportunities to observe marine wildlife in West Cork. These productive coastal waters provide critical feeding habitat for a diversity of species including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), seals and sea birds, along with prolific fish life.If you've seen natural history documentaries on whales from anywhere in Co. Cork or Waterford, the chances are it was filmed from the MV Holly Jo. Among Colin's contributions are: RTE's "Wild trials", "Wild Journeys", "Living the Wildlife" and in recent years Colin has worked with both BBC Autumnwatch and Winterwatch and BBC Seasons to film large whales off the Cork coast. As a former fisherman of 40 years experience observing whales in West Cork, Colin may not have letters after his name, but those that do, know who to contact if they need to find, film or carry out research on whales and dolphins along the Cork coast. Colin has contributed to and co-authored scientific publications on both fin and humpback whales in collaboration with Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), and contributes to the All-Ireland Cetacean Sighting Scheme, by reporting sightings data to IWDG. Colin is a rare breed of conservationist, who has evolved from the fishing industry, his passion and understanding of local marine ecosystems is second to none. Colin is available for longer filming and research charters year round.
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Ryan H wrote a review 2 May
Ardee, Ireland1 contribution
Brilliant ! Lots and lots of dolphins, few humpbacks and minks. Good enthusiasm and great day out! !
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Gráinne N wrote a review Oct 2021
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We had an amazing morning. Saw 4 whales, dolphins and seals… captain was knowledgeable and boat trip was smooth. It was a perfect morning
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from PadraigWhooley, Reserch associate at Cork Whale Watch
Responded 8 Nov 2021
Hi Grainne thanks very much for your wonderful review. We are just wondering whether this image was taken on the Sunday morning trip with us on Oct. 10th and if so, whether you'd be willing to email us over this image or any other tail fluke or dorsal fin shots of this humpback whom we believe to be HBIRL47 who was 1st documented by our colleagues at IWDG in Aug. 2015 and seen several times in West Cork waters this year since May 2nd. Images can be sent to our Cork Whale Watch email info@corkwhalewatch.com and we'll forward them on to our research partners at IWDG. Best regards Padraig Whooley, CWW & IWDG
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margaret664 wrote a review Oct 2021
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
A magical experience with the much experienced and informative Colin Barnes on a morning trip out of Reen Pier. Dolphins were numerous and the icing on the cake was watching a Humpback whale feeding close to our boat.......we could track his movements in the water by seeing him blow, and follow his movements by lookinh out for large bubbles, and seeing him dive when he flipped his tail shpwing us the lovely white marking, was something I will never forget....cant wait to go back and do another trip.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Hannah wrote a review Sep 2021
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Having taken several whale-watching trips in different parts of the world, and as wildlife surveyor by profession, I can highly recommend CWW. Even though I would have liked to see a little more of the whales, we did spy two Minke whales, and the dolphins and seal pups are crowd-pleasing joy to watch. Will return without a doubt. Colin is an extremely knowledgeable, professional but still enthusiastic guide, and the scenery on the way in and out is stunning.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Lisa C wrote a review Sep 2021
Dublin, Ireland35 contributions55 helpful votes
Just back from a really enjoyable trip. Colin is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw seals, dolphins (who put on a fabulous acrobatic show for us!) and minke whales. Not to mention all the seabirds too. We got lucky with the weather too. Would highly recommend. Thank you Colin!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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