Meet the Shannon Dolphins

Cú Chulainn

Cú Chulainn is quite an enthusiastic hunter, and so we named him after the greatest warrior in Irish mythology.

Capturing photos of Cú Chulainn can be quite a challenge, he is one of the hardest dolphins to photograph as he tends to avoid the boats. We have photographed him mostly from land, where he is blissfully unaware of our presence.

We are lucky that his dorsal fin is well-marked and easy to identify. He has a very unique fin shape, with the front part (the leading edge) being relatively straight on the lower half and sharply bending on the upper portion. Both his fluke and dorsal fin have several notches. All these distinctive features make him a Shannon dolphin that is very easy to match.

Cú Chulainn is most frequently seen in Brandon Bay and the outer Shannon Estuary. The best locations to see this Shannon Dolphin are Brandon Point and the cliffs at Loop Head Lighthouse.

The photo of Cú Chulainn was taken from Loop Head Cliffs.

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