Belfast Telegraph

Humpback enjoys its day trip to Bangor

By Amanda Poole

A humpback whale made a rare and unforgettable appearance when it surprised birdwatchers near Bangor pier on Tuesday evening.

Brian Meharg from had been preparing to take a group of birdwatchers out to the Copeland Islands when the whale was spotted at around 6.30pm.

It is only the third verified sighting of a humpback in Northern Ireland waters since records began, according to experts.

Mr Meharg said: “The explosion of water at Bangor bay was quite dramatic.

“The passengers saw a massive blow and then this big whale appeared. Cars on the Seacliff Road stopped to look and people in nearby houses came to watch.”

Padraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said: “It’s a really significant spotting and only the third validated sighting in Northern Ireland.”

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