Lamp the size o’ these Fishes Biys !!

Posted on Oct 11, 2002 in News

 
 

Lamp the Size o' these Fishes Biys !


In June Three Orca Killer Whales unexpectedly turned up in Cork Harbour. Locals flocked in their thousands to the banks of the Lee to catch a glimpse of the trio but just in case you missed out here's a few photos of them on a sightseeing tour of the city....


The three ventured as far as Clontarf Bridge, where they briefly protested over service charges outside City Hall.


The three ventured as far as Clontarf Bridge, where they briefly protested over service charges outside City Hall.


Supportive locals shouted anti-whaling slogans from the Quays resulting in the occasional spurt of water from Orca Senior and slow twirling by the mother and sibling in approval...


Supportive locals shouted anti-whaling slogans from the Quays resulting in the occasional spurt of water from Orca Senior and slow twirling by the mother and sibling in approval...



There were plenty of rumours to why they turned up and stayed in the harbour for over ten days. Some said they were just lost, others said they were trying to beach themselves because they were sick. When they eventually did leave they apparently joined a school of over twenty other Orcas outside the harbour. Sadly the body of the female Orca was eventually found washed up in Cobh some time later.



In retrospect, "killer" was the word that got people out to see them. We all hoped we would see frightening scenes of them violently torpedoing out of the water with their open wide jaws viciously snapping the air in the hope of securing some local human flesh.


Unfortunately the spectacle was limited to fins, the occasional glimpse-of-their backs and a brief interest in the remains of a partially submerged Tesco trolley at low-tide. However their apparent enormous size was enough to keep even the most cynical Corkman and woman thoroughly intrigued. A strange sight to behold in Cork indeed and who's to say they won't be back this year.....


 
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