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Free whale watching trips to Inishowen Head 07.07.15

BUDDING whale and dolphin watchers are being invited for a fun-filled day of events including free boat trips to promote the conservation of large marine life in Lough Foyle and Inishowen.
The Marine Mega Fauna of Lough Foyle event this Saturday, July 11, is being run by local conservation group Celebrate Water with funding from the Loughs Agency.
The family-friendly day will be based at the Irish Coast Guard station in Greencastle beginning at 9.30am with a session on how to watch and record cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
A minke whale at Malin Head. Photo: Emmett Johnston.
Celebrate Water hopes to set up a 'Constant Effort Watch Scheme' .
This is a nationwide system used to track cetacean activity in Irish waters. Information gathered by volunteer observers is sent to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group which collates the data as part of its and other agencies' marine conservation work.
Training to establish a group of observers for Inishowen Head is free of charge and will be delivered by Emmett Johnston of the Irish Basking Shark Study Group.
Scanning for whales and dolphins from shore. Photo: Mark Daly.
Later in the afternoon, a whole range of fun-filled activities for all ages will take place at the Coast Guard station between 2pm and 5pm.
These will include storytelling with plenty of 'salty tales' to be told; slideshows and short sealife talks along with marine-themed art activities facilitated by local artist and weaver Brendan Farren.
Meanwhile, a passenger boat will carry people on excursions from Greencastle Harbour to Inishowen Head at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each of the boat trips will have wildlife guides on board to answer questions and point out any interesting species that might pop up to the surface for a look. More information at www.celebratewaterinishowen.com .
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