The townland they settled in, at the Mouth of the Shannon, has excellent vantage points to watch the dolphins from the land and to keep a watchful eye on the sea conditions.
Geoff was an inshore lobster and crab fisherman for over 20 years and seeing the dolphins beside his fishing boat was a common occurence. Eventually, he swapped the fishing lifestyle for marine tourism. He skippers and guides the trips, his commentary is imbued with passionate enthusiasm and a wealth of interesting facts! With a combined fishing and dolphin watching skippering experience of over 30 years, you know you can rely on his expertise.
Susanne worked in local schools as a remedial teacher, taught sailing classes, and was a fisherwoman, too. She manages the tech and office side of things - as well as crewing during the shoulder season.
Geoff & Susanne started Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt in 1992 and love turning people on to the amazing Mouth of the Shannon with its resident group of bottlenose dolphins, thousands of nesting pelagic seabirds, seals, fascinating geology, cliffs and caves of the Loop Head Peninsula and North Kerry. The business is their passion (luckily) and they feel so fortunate to have amazing family and crew who feel the same! Dolphinwatch holds a Gold Certificate from Ecotourism Ireland.
Geoff is your Skipper & Guide, giving you a fascinating live commentary during the trip. Geoff has over 35 years experience both dolphin watching and inshore fishing. He has learned the dolphin psyche over the years of studying their patterns of behaviour and has a keen interest in sea birds and other wildlife . He is well versed in the story behind the extraordinary geology of the Loop Head Peninsula.
This year we are fortunate to welcome back Mary Kate to her fourth season crewing with us! Mary Kate has her masters degree from University College Cork in Zoology, having done her thesis on these Bottlenose Dolphins, she is a font of information! Also this year, we have a new crew member, Sinéad Morris, who also has a masters degree in Zoology from UCC. Sinéad's expertise is on seabirds. So, between them Sinéad and Mary Kate are there to answer any questions you might have and look after your safety, comfort and enjoyment. Their enthusiasm for their job is infectious!
Minnie the Boat Dog is an important crew member, too. She considers a cuddle part of her duties.
The Photography We would like to take the opportunity to thank Brian Doyle of Loop Head Studios and other talented wildlife photographers that have allowed us to use their images for this website. Especially, Richard Creagh. We were fortunate to have Richard crew with us for three years. During that time he used his photographic skills to capture so much of the wildlife that we see on our trips (while crewing!). Thank you also to the IWDG researchers (too many to mention individually) that utilise our trips as platforms of opportunity for their important photo ID work and who share with us some of their lovely wildlife images.