Outstanding Fin Whale Watching Off Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland
Fin whales are a regular autumn and winter visitor to the waters off Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland. Baltimore Sea Safari operate whale and dolphin watching during our Sea Safari boat trips from Baltimore in West Cork. We have enjoyed great sightings of Fin whales off Baltimore during our last two Baltimore Sea Safari boat trips, Minke whales, Common dolphins and Harbour Porpoise are regularly seen during our trips which we run from early April until November.
On our Baltimore Sea Safari boat trip on Tuesday 15th of September our first sightings were of Harbour Porpoise inside Baltimore Harbour, and then we continued outside in search of whales and dolphins. We encountered 200+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins and 6 Minke whales feeding aproximately 2km SE of Baltimore. The whale and dolphin watching was excellent and it was about to get a whole lot better for all those on our Baltimore Sea Safari boat trip. A Fin whale slipped into the area, and began to feed in close proximity to common dolphins, less than 1.5km off Baltimore in West Cork. All aboard our Baltimore Sea Safari boat ‘Seafari 1’ were being treated to the best whale and dolphin watching experience that you can get anywhere in Europe, the Fin whale, 10+ Minke whales and 100’s of Common dolphin were all feeding in an area of about 1.5km square, just off Baltimore. The Fin whale was lunge feeding, which is when the whale lunges at speed through the water with its mouth open gorging itself on tons of fish per mouthful. The whale watching experience of seeing 60-70 ton, 25m animal thrashing powerfully through the ocean feeding at high speed, while dolphins and other whales are feeding on the same baitball is an amazing sight to behold, nature at its magnificent best. Baltimore Sea Safari operates daily boat trips from Baltimore in West Cork, and our trips were Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winners in 2015.