10 – 12

Whales & dolphins


Whales & dolphins

What to do with this activity?

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are wonderful large sea creatures. They are warm-blooded mammals - that means they have glands to feed milk to their young. The biggest whales (blue whales) are up to 30 meters long, which is longer than two buses end to end. 

There are a lot of whales and dolphins that live around the coast of Ireland - around 26 different species in fact. Find out which species on the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website. You can see images of each and even hear the sounds they make. You don't have to be on a boat to see whales and dolphins. Have a look at the advice on Ireland's Wildlife website about how to watch whales and dolphins from on shore. They tell you where you have the best chance of spotting these creatures, what to watch out for and how to identify the species you are seeing. If you spot anything, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group would like to hear from your family - it will help their research. 

Have a look at this video of a father and son meeting a humpback whale when out on a small boat off the Kerry coast. It's an awesome sight so close up!


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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