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The whale passed Kilcredaun lighthouse on its way up the Shannon Estuary this Tuesday morning.

A whale of a time off Carrigaholt

CARRIGAHOLT fisherman Donal Farrell was stunned to find that he had a whale for company on the Shannon Estuary when he was fishing this morning.

He was fishing, under the early morning sunshine, between between Kilcredaun and Ballybunion, which is located across the estuary on the north coast of Kerry.

“It’s very unusual to see them in the estuary at all. You see them passing by Loophead in the Autumn but it’s very unusual to see them in the estuary,” Donal told The Clare Champion.

“I’m not sure whether it was a Minky whale or a Right Whale. It was one or the other. It passed relatively close and it looked like it was heading in the river,” he explained.

The Carrigaholt man said that the mammal was making rapid progress.

“It was motoring and moving very fast. It looked healthy enough. It was probably just in with the high tide, feeding on mackerel. But it was still very unusual to see it that far in the estuary. A very big mammal it was,” Donal recalled.

 

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