Monday 22 September 2014

Inishmore Sea Mammals

A few shots from Inishmore over the last few days. The group of four Bottle-nosed Dolphins were just off the main pier at Kilronan when I arrived on Friday morning. According to a few local they had been there a while. A little odd to see them this close in but not quite close enough to get enough detail on the fins to identify individuals. It was a particularly gloomy day so it wasn't ideal for good shots.

The Grey Seal pup was on the shoreline at Loch Phort Chorrúch. I'd classify it as a Stage II pup i.e. 3 -7 days old. This is the first time I've seen a Grey Seal pup here and it's usually Harbour Seals that haul out here at low tide. Greys have been recorded breeding on Rock, Brannock and Straw Islands which are small islands just of the West and East side of Inishmore however. Hopefully if it's left alone by people and dogs it will be fine. The biggest problem it probably faces is being "rescued" by some well intentioned but ill-informed persons who think the poor thing has been abandoned. There were numerous adult seals just offshore, one of which was certainly its mother.

Having a good stretch.


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