Whales off Anglesey North Coast

by P Williams
(North Wales)

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whales Anglesey

About five large whales believed to be Minkes or Humpbacks were spotted off Anglesey's north coast by fishermen looking after their welk pots.

The local fishermen were over 15 miles from Point Lynas on the north east tip of the North Wales island when they saw the whales as close as 1/4 mile away.

According to one of the fishermen, who claims to have seen such whales in the area on previous occassions, the amazing creatures were after the mackerel and whiting and the sea conditions were very calm.

The sighting and recorded behaviour was very interesting for this area, Dr Peter Evans of Sea Watch, a UK-wide marine mammal research and conservation charity, which has one of the largest databases of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Europe.

Dr Evans said while large whales do move into the Irish Sea from time to time, they tended to "remain offshore in the deep channel down the middle of the Irish Sea."

Please note that the annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch gets underway on the 27 July, running to 29 July and is run by Sea Watch and sponsored by BG.

With a bit of luck there may be further sightings of the whales as well as harbour porpoises and several species of dolphins.

Get involved and send in your sightings. Join public watches which are being held around the coast , including at Point Lynas on Anglesey and the Great Orme near Llandudno, North Wales.

Full details of how to take part are available at www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk

Any information gathered during National Whale and Dolphin Watch is potentially very valuable as it would contribute to ongoing scientific debate on trends and mammal distributions and so help come up with effective and sustainable conservation policies.

See here for more informtion on the sighting of large whales off Anglesey coast.


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Photo by B Schwehn, Germany

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Sep 22, 2019
dolphins and whale
by: Brian Barnes

Hi I spotted about 20+ dolphins and a whale of some sort off the end of the breakwater at holyhead Sunday 22nd at about 12.30. They were head slowly towards North Stack.

Feb 13, 2015
Need to be aware
by: Merlyn

According to the National law for sea the hunting of all kind of whales including blue whale has been banned. Blue whales are under the threat of extinction and still they are hunting it down for various purposes.

Jul 28, 2012
whales Anglesey
by: Ben

Wow! that sounds amazing, would love to see them!

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