July 17, 2017
The body of a rare killer whale was found on beach near Roundstone.
This video shows a killer whale washed up on a beach in Galway.
The Connemara native came across a rare type of dolphin on while out strolling on his local beach over the weekend
Roundstone man Ronan Davis was on Dolan beach with his camera on hand when he spotted the unusual creature washing up on the rocks nearby.
Davis said that it wasn’t unusual for sea creatures to find their way to his local shore, but added that he had never quite seen anything like the killer whale.
“I’d walk here a lot, every day with the dog. You’d find a lot of stuff in the form of dolphins or birds washed in and different things like that but killer whales? No.”
Ronan took snaps of the creature and sent the photos on to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who confirmed it to be a male killer whale.
“They confirmed what it was and told me that only 18 of them have washed in in the last 100 years so it’s pretty rare.”
“Id say it was around 25ft, I was asked by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group to get a sample today so I went back to get a sample of it’s skin and took a tooth as well, so I got a good look.”
The killer whale, or Orca as it is also known, is the largest member of the dolphin family and is known to prey mainly on fish.
Although a rare sight, this isn’t the first time they have been in Irish waters this summer, just last month a large family of them were spotted by a team of researches off the coast of Kerry.
Source: Irish Mirror.ie