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The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde

10th February 2016 @ 6:30 pm


This is a free event.

Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will screen the film TheHumpbackWhales of Cape Verde in Kilkee as part of a unique collaboration with the libraries of Ireland.

Shot in Ireland, Cape Verde and Malta, The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde follows Dr Simon Berrow and an international team of marine scientists on an ambitious adventure to prove humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres use the Cape Verde archipelago as a breeding ground.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr Simon Berrow from the IWDG and the film’s director, Tony Whelan.

We’re telling an international story with an Irish perspective. It’s a cracking tale’ says Tony Whelan. As a storyteller, the library tour is a unique opportunity to engage with an audience.’

The IWDG see the three month library tour as a perfect platform to highlight their ongoing commitment to education and to emphasise the importance of conservation in our seas. It still comes as a surprise to many that we have whales in Ireland when in fact the numbers here are increasing each year and Ireland is becoming internationally important’ says Dr Berrow. To understand where whales in Ireland are coming from or going to and breeding is essential to protect them. This film is part of a 10 year search for the breeding grounds of humpback whales in Ireland. 2016 is the 25th anniversary of all Irish waters being declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. The sanctuary declaration was a cornerstone in Ireland’s modern relationship with whales and dolphins and its rich marine waters. It was a pioneering gesture and one which countries around the world admire, support and have followed.’


10th February 2016
6:30 pm

Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee