- Mar 12, 2009
So nothing to worry about unless you are a lovable sealion pup..They have been seen off the north Antrim coast and just recently two were sighted off Kerry... Mr Wholley said it was important to remember that killer whales are just "big, big dolphins".
While most eat fish some are partial to a more substantial meal. "There is evidence that some of these killers whales, especially those that have been coming across from Scottish waters, some of them have actually been seen attacking and killing Minke whales, so they are like a pack animal and some of them are meat eaters as opposed to fish eaters but that doesn't mean they pose any threat."
Irish waters are home to 24 species of whales and dolphins and killer whales are just one of them..."They turn up just when you least expect them."
..Mr Wholley said there was a "fantastic history" with killer whales in Northern Irish waters. "There was a famous animal that was nick named 'Dopey Dick' who swam right into Lough Foyle and spent three or four days swimming around the walled city of Derry and that was back in 1977."
BBC News - Top predators found in Irish waters
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSSiRGIIjbg"]YouTube - Killer whale attacking and playing with seal. Amazing.[/ame]
marvel at the lighthearted tone taken by National Geographic using the same footage
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsN63PRCW8&NR"]YouTube - Killer Whale vs. Sea Lions[/ame]
although they have some competition.