Illustrated talk in Kinsale in support of whale and dolphin conservation in Irish waters

Pádraig Whooley

Posted on: 10th February, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Pádraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is delivering an illustrated talk at Kinsale Yacht Club on Friday, February 28 at 8pm. This event is being organised by Kinsale Yacht Club.  Proceeds from this talk will help fund the cetacean recording schemes that monitor whales and dolphins in all Irish waters.

Pádraig is the IWDG Sightings Co-ordinator and has been involved in the IWDG since 1992. He has travelled extensively overseas following his passion for whales and whale-watching. Pádraig moved to Cork from Wicklow in 1999, where he spent four years scanning from the cliffs at Old Head of Kinsale, recording the seasonal movements of some of the planet’s largest marine mammals.  This early body of work helped highlight the importance of places like West Cork as critical feeding habitat for large whales. Pádraig continues to monitor fin and humpback whales through the Large Whale project, and curates the Irish Large whale Photo-ID catalogues. He is an advocate of sustainable Whale Watching and among other things delivers IWDG whale-watching weekend courses on Cape Clear Island and All-Ireland Whale Watch Day each August at Galley Head. Pádraig is a regular contributor to a range of natural history publications, media and wildlife documentaries.

This event is open to all, but will be of particular interest to the wildlife enthusiast and mariners alike. Students of all ages are welcome.  Doors open at 7:45pm and there will be many fascinating whale artefacts and resources to browse and some resources on sale after the talk, which will be followed by a ‘question and answer’ session. Proceeds from the evening will go to the IWDG www.iwdg.ie.

For further information contact Caroline on 087 2046711 or email glebehse@indigo.ie

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