Two humpback whales were sighted during a Sea Watch Foundation Common Dolphin Survey in the middle of the Celtic Deep, 48 km North West from Ramsay Island, on Friday, the 3rd June.
In the mid afternoon of the second day of the survey, a back of a whale was seen and first thought to be a minke whale. After the second sighting of the animal, a clear blow was sighted as well as the distinctive hump and nobly pectoral fins of a humpback whale. After a while it became clear that there were actually two individuals in the area. The common dolphins were surfacing around the whales, seemingly following the whales’ dive pattern.
The whales seemed relaxed around the small survey vessel, rolling around on the surface, diving for short periods of the time, keeping close to the vessel, almost following its movements during the 40 minute encounter.