On The Trail Of The 

Humpback Whale

In May 2018, the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group embarked on a unique research expedition to explore the growing numbers of humpback whales being seen in Irish and Icelandic waters, some of whom are common to both.

In addition to surveying humpback whales the expedition team recorded other species including Blue Whales, Pilot Whales and critically endangered White-beaked whales in remote areas and up into the Arctic Circle. 

From their expedition research vessel Celtic Mist the scientists collected data over a seven week long trip using film and photography for identification and drone technology to collect breath samples.

The Irish team collaborated with colleagues in the Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Institute and the University of Iceland.

They promoted links with coastal communities. They combined knowledge and resources to more effectively carry out shared responsibilities towards humpback whale conservation and management. They told stories. And listened.

I  was with them aboard RV Celtic Mist for the seven weeks to document the expedition from Ireland to Iceland returning via the Faroes and Outer Hebrides.

Against an extraordinary marine canvas in this film I'll explore some of the things that connect these two island nations including social, economic and cultural identity.