On a calm day, and if the cetaceans oblige it is possible to spot a variety of whales, dolphins and porpoises that grace the waters around The Beara Peninsula.
In April 2017, up to 5 Humpback Whales, several Fin Whales and countless Common Dolphins were sited off Lehanmore. Rita was lucky enough to be out on a boat and got up close and personal!
There is a possibility for our guests to go from Castletown Berehaven with a 12-seater RIB with Sea Safari. www.sea-safari.com or phone 086 859 5701. Boats leave from the pier at Castletownbere but you must phone to book.
“Nearly one third of the world’s known whale, dolphin and porpoise species have been recorded in Irish water. As a place to watch whales and dolphins, the island of Ireland is ideally situated at the western edge of Europe. With over 5,000 kilometres of coastline and its relative proximity to the deep ocean waters beyond the continental shelf, it offers some of the best whale and dolphin watching anywhere in the world. Many people find it difficult to believe that it is possible to see Fin and Humpback Whales from Irish headlands. Whether you work, live by or just enjoy being near the sea there is always a chance of seeing a whale or dolphin”
Whales and Dolphins of Ireland
Check out www.iwdg.ie, The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group for more information about these majestic creatures in Ireland.
The Beara Peninsula is no exception to this fact. We have been very lucky over the years to have sightings from land and from sea.
In 2008, a very unusual visitor came to Puleen Harbour, just a few minutes away from Bellatrix bed and breakfast for women. A North Atlantic Bottlenose Whale stayed for about five days in the little cove. Rita was out kayaking with it, always respectful to keep her distance, she describes it as one of the most extraordinary experiences of her life, up there with climbing in The Dolomites!
Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!