12 November 2018

Basking Sharks, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoises…

In spite of the unsettled weather this past few days the preceeding two weeks had us running some lovely wildlife tours out of Baltimore Harbour. The facilities at Baltimore providing our guests with additional comforts during these early season tours…followed by stops for tea at North Harbour on Cape Clear.

With numbers of Manx Shearwaters increasing daily and Gannets feeding inshore we have recorded Basking Sharks off Rabbit Island (following earlier sightings off Baltimore), Minke Whales in their traditional haunts along the eastern and southern shores of Sherkin island and Harbour Porpoise activity in both the Gascanane Sound and off Kedge Island east of Baltimore Harbour. We suspected a feeding Minke Whale east of Rabbit Island two days ago but due to rough seas were unable to confirm.

On one glorious occasion a colleague of mine sailing along Sherkin’s eastern shore encountered a breaching Minke Whale…after the initial shock as this animal launched itself out of the water close to his boat the crew all enjoyed the spectacle – one of the most spectacular to occur along this part of the southern Irish coast and one that we have had the priviledge to witness on many occasions both from the boat and during land based whale watches.

For our early visitors the bonus of sunshine and the beautiful islands of Roaringwater Bay with Choughs wheeling above North Harbour on Cape Clear Island and Gannets diving close into Calf Island West provides a memerable backdrop for early season tours off West Cork.


Justice must be done for the Tokyo Two…

The trial of the Tokyo Two charged with stealing whale meat during an undercover operation to expose the embezzlement and corruption at the heart of the Japanese whaling industry has moved more in favour of the two.

Click the title link and see what you can do to support the Tokyo Two.


Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival…

After four days of screenings, workshops, discussions and audiences with such notable members of the Irish and International film scene as Jim Sheridan, Tony Barry, Jack Gold, Kirsten Sheridan, Greg Dyke and Gerard Stembridge the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival concluded last night with the presentation of awards.

The lovely Irish made film AN COSC took Best of Festival. Directed by Vincent Gallagher this stylish short film tells the story of two young friends from opposite sides of the town who share a passion for hurling. When local sporting politics get in the way as they grow up the effects go right to the top of the Irish Presidency.

The offerings from the workshops organised and run by Mark McCarthy and Tony Barry were rated spectacular considering they were shot using small inexpensive cameras, edited using over the counter editing suites and produced and directed by a crew as young as 14. Shot on location in and around West Cork during the first few months of this year the winning film out of three submissions, HOW DOES THE HEART KNOW WHAT THE EYES CANNOT SEE was written and directed by Alan Tobin and tells the story of a young boys discussions with his dead mother.

A number of environmental themed films were submitted to the festival with OF BEST INTENTIONS carrying away the award for best use of music and RETHINK THE SHARK being shortlisted for an award.

The environmental film THE AGE OF STUPID starring Pete Postlethwaite was shown during the festival. Telling the story of an old man in the ravaged world of 2055 looking back at archive footage of the impact of global warming and climate change and asking why we did not do anything about it while we had the chance.


Chimney’s Afire

Poor quality video but just makes a mockery of the term “Scientific Whaling”…

Bottlenose Dolphins, The Long Strand, West Cork, Ireland