Cork whale watchers are urged to search for an incredibly rare white humpback mother and calf off our coasts
The Cork coast may not have seen anything like it since the epic film Moby Dick was filmed around Youghal in 1956 – and this time it’s a real-life great white whale that may soon be seen in our waters .
Whale watchers and fishermen along our coast have been put on high alert over the possibility of an incredibly rare albino humpback whale and her calf who may soon migrate past Ireland as they travel north to cooler feeding grounds.
And anyone who sees these majestic snow-white creatures is encouraged to contact the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and report their sighting (we’d also love to hear more about Corkbeo! ).
The highly unusual whale and calf have been spotted in the Atlantic as they embark on their annual migration, with photos taken off the Azores.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said: “Instead of a white Easter bunny, Lisa Steiner from Whale Watch Azores shared stunning photos of a leucistic adult humpback whale with her 95% albino young spotted last Saturday north of Faial, in the Azores.”
“They were traveling northwest along the coast of the island, but she wasn’t sure if they were heading south or north. In that case, we ask all whale watchers to keep your eyes (scopes, cameras) open for them.”
Whale watching trips and tours have become a major activity in West Cork particularly in recent years and the region is hoping for a bumper summer after two years of restrictions.
Humpback whales are known to make the longest annual migrations of any mammal. In the North Atlantic, they travel great distances between tropical breeding and mating areas in late winter and spring, to their high latitude feeding grounds for summer, the fall and the beginning of winter.
Humpback whales have been sighted off Cork in increasing numbers in recent years, including a spectacular sighting last summer.