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Minke whales spotted off West Clare

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*A minke whale visiting West Clare waters. Photo courtesy of IWDG

NATURE lovers are having a whale of a time these days with basking sharks chilling off Kilkee and minke whales putting in an appearance over the weekend.

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group CEO Dr Simon Berrows confirmed to The Clare Echo that at least two minke whales were observed at separate sites on Saturday between Doonbeg and Kilkee.

A minke whale observed off the Clare coast. Photo courtesy of IWDG

“Minkes are frequently observed off west Clare from May to October each year. They visit inshore Irish waters to feed,” Dr Berrow said.

Minke whales, or An Droimeiteach beag if you are so inclined, can be up to 10 metres long. Their ideal buffet is one of sprat, sand eel and herring.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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