There has been two probable humpback whale sightings in the Irish Sea in the last weeks. First was reported from the Isle of Man, where on the 18th of February a large whale was sighted by David Hulse and his family close to shore at Peel Castle. The whale had a very distinctive large fluke, with white underside, black edges and a deep v-shaped notch.
Then last Sunday, the 25th of February two large whales were spotted off Point Lynas, in Anglesey, North Wales. The animals, had no visible dorsal fin, only a slight hump on the back. The undersides of their flukes were white. The whales were travelling north past this locality known to be a good spot to see harbour porpoise and occasionally also travelling Risso’s dolphins.
Thanks to Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch and to Simon Russell and Neil Talbot from the Menai Sea Angling Club for reporting the sightings.