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On the Trail of the Humpback Whale

On the Trail of the Humpback Whale


Ireland to Iceland

’It brought a tear to my hardened eye, a little bit of magic you have weaved, simply beautiful.’ Emmett Johnston, wildlife ranger, Ireland

“I loved it, it was really, really great. From the start I was just sucked in and went on the journey too.” Clare-Louise Donelan, photographer

‘It’s got great texture. Loved the music...and the well placed silences.” John Webb, South African journalist

‘A story beautifully captured, through camera lens and human eye, of sea life alongside mankind. One is drawn in from the get go. Enchanting.” Grace Ryan, doctor

If you missed the launch preview opportunity to watch "On the Trail of the Humback Whale" last week then don't despair ... you can "pay and play" HERE.

On 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. 

In addition to documenting humpback whales the expedition team recorded many other species including Blue Whales and critically endangered White-beaked whales in the remote Icelandic waters 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.
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 and combined knowledge and resources to more effectively carry out shared responsibilities towards humpback whale conservation and management. They told stories and listened.

Tony Whelan of Canola Pictures 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 this film will give you a sense of being there.

On The Trail Of The Humpback Whale