On The Trail Of The 

Humpback Whale

In May 2018, the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group will embark 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 hope to record other species including Blue Whales and Killer Whales in remote areas and up into the Arctic Circle. 

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

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

They hope to promote links with coastal communities too, combining knowledge and resources to more effectively carry out shared responsibilities towards humpback whale conservation and management.

We will be there to document the expedition from Dublin to Donegal to Iceland returning via the Faroes and Scottish Isles.

And we'll explore some of the things that connect these two island nations including social, economic and cultural identity.