11 July 2013

Summer in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

We’ve been enjoying amazing weather this week and the warmest temperatures for 7 years. 15 hours of sunshine were recorded on Monday so needless to say everyone is smiling. Inishowen is definitely heavenly in the sunshine!

The recent spell of good weather in June and again this week has brought a wonderful array of marine life close to the Inishowen coastline. Sightings of Orca, basking sharks and dolphins have been reported, particularly off Malin Head (Ireland’s most northerly point). In fact Inishowen is such a rich location for marine life that it has become an established research location for the study of basking sharks. Set up in 2008 the Inishowen basking shark study group have undertaken internationally significant research projects in the area which have attracted the international media. (http://www.baskingshark.ie)

Inishowen is becoming an international 'hot spot'  for viewing marine life.

Inishowen is fast becoming recognised one of the top locations in Europe to see basking sharks with a single sighting of 50 reported in recent weeks. On a recent coastal walk I was lucky enough to watch a pod of dolphins and porpoises hunting and playing while we ate our sandwiches…lunch with a great view!
To view some of our basking shark visitors see: http://www.baskingshark.ie/index.php?option=com_admirorgallery&view=layout&Itemid=92

Enjoy the weather!

The Solas Ireland Team

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