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Irish Air Corps snap possible Blue Whales off Irish coast

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Gorgeous: The pod was spotted about 120 nautical miles off Clifden
Gorgeous: The pod was spotted about 120 nautical miles off Clifden

The Irish Air Corps yesterday snapped a pod of whales off the Irish coast during a routine patrol, some of which are believed to be elusive Blue Whales.

The crew from 101 Surveillance & Airlift Squadron were flying over the area about 120 nautical miles off the Galway coast when Cpl Pat O'Meara, the crew's photographer, snapped the pod. 

They notified the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group of the sighting, which occurred off the coast off Clifden.

Among the pod was at least one fin whale and the group are trying to confirm if several of them were Blue Whales. 

Many people on social media are convinced they are indeed the world's largest animal. 

One Facebook user wrote: Looks like a blue! So exciting". 

While another wrote: Great pics guys, fantastic that you spotted them, shape of head gives them away, big blues! Very cool.