Covering approximately 20% of the Worlds surface , the Atlantic ocean has been crashing into and sculpting the Cliffs of Moher for millennia , it is a superhighway for countless whales , dolphins and porpoise who spend months traveling north to south and back again. Finn and Minke whales , basking sharks , seals and dolphins have all been spotted from the cliffs and the boat tours around them over the years however it is only the very luckiest of visitor that will get to see any of these. We recommend dolphin watch in Carragaholt and who can take you on a trip to see a pod of dolphins at the mouth of the River Shannon.
As well as many crustaceans and smaller fish the Conger Eel which is capable of growing to at least 2.2 meters in length and 60 kilos in weight inhabit the waters around the Cliffs of Moher year round , it was a Conger Eel which was responsible for a serious attack on a diver in a much publicised attack in 2013 in the waters off County Galway just north of the Cliffs of Moher.

Nature on the cliffs of moher


The Cliffs of Moher are home to a herd of feral old Irish goats who live on the cliffs around hags head year round , only small amounts of feral herds exist around Ireland and they are extinct in domestication. The old Irish goat known historically as the poor man’s cow was by virtue of its hardiness a crucial component in Ireland’s farming past.
This indigenous breed exude character and is celebrated in Irish folklore tradition and song , despite its revered place in history the old Irish goat stands at the precipice of extinction. For centuries the old Irish goat was the only breed of goat to be found in Ireland it developed over time to become a highly adapted local breed physically matched to our climate and style of animal husbandry. It was a dependable and productive breed which required little attention and provided milk , meat , skin and fiber on meager and marginal land.