The Garinish Island Shuttle departs from the Blue Loo harbour on the Corriveillaun peninsula. The harbour is part of a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive, because of its important for local wildlife. One of the reasons for the harbours SAC designation is the large population of Common Seals which breed here. Contrary to its name, this seal is the least common of the two species found in Ireland. Glengarriff supports one of the largest national populations of this species, with over 400 present. At low tide, the seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. The seal pup in June and July and moult in August and September. It’s during the moult that the largest number of seals can be seen.