The mouth of the river Shannon is a special area of conservation and is home to about 140 dolphins, and more marine and coastal wild life, such as grey seals , gannets, guillemots , razorbills, coughs and peregrine falcons.
Each two hour dolphin watching boat trip from Carrigaholt, is an opportunity to see and learn about Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact with each other in their native habitat.
This Special Area of Conservation is home to about 140 dolphins and calves, the largest resident group in Europe. The rugged and beautiful coastline at the Mouth of the Shannon provides nesting ledges for a variety of seabirds such as fulmars, guillemots and cormorants as well as rare coastal species like choughs, peregrines and ravens. The storm beaches attract breeding grey seals and we are often privileged to watch the rapid development of the seal pups in the late summer and autumn.
A beautifully designed passenger boat provides superb viewing for everyone on board. The hydrophone (underwater microphone) lets you listen to live dolphin sounds, when conditions allow. There is also a bar and toilet facilities on board. Experienced and friendly crews are qualified marine naturalists to answer any questions and look after your comfort and safety.Open April through to October. Trips run daily, weather permitting.
For details phone (065) 9058156 or visit www.dolphinwatch.ie.