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Take a visit on board the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group's research vessel, Celtic Mist. The ketch is berthed at the Grand Canal Quay of the dock basin today as part of the Dublin Riverfest.
Tall Ships
#HelpCetaceans - From the fast and furious ThunderCats to the more serious side of marine wildlife as the Irish Whale & Dolphin ketch is part of the Dublin Riverfest which concludes this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
Dead crayfish in the River Suir
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - In response to a recent outbreak of crayfish plague in the River Suir and River Deel, emergency disease containment measures are needed to help prevent its spread. Crayfish plague is a disease that kills Ireland’s native white-clawed crayfish.…
Dolphins are up for discussion at the IWDG’s talks during National Biodiversity Week
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Whether you’re cruising around the coast or staying put on dry land, there’s much to see and explore during National Biodiversity Week, which kicked off yesterday (Friday 19 May) and continues till next weekend. Among the 50 free…
A giant squid preserved in ice at Melbourne Aquarium in Australia
Marine Wildlife
#GiantSquid - A giant squid measuring nearly six metres in length has been caught off Dingle in Co Kerry — the first encounter with the rare ocean creature in Irish waters in 22 years, as TheJournal.ie reports. Fisherman Pete Flannery…
Dead Crayfish in the Suir. An appeal has been issued downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir
Marine Wildlife
All water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. It comes after large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported…
Coypu are known for their large size compared to other river rodents - and their distinctively coloured teeth
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Cork residents near the River Lee are urged to be report any sightings of coypu after one of the large rodents was seen in Cork city last week. The invasive species was released within the last two years…
Flood Relief Scheme Begins On River Bandon
Inland Waterways
#FloodRelief - The scheduled Bandon Flood Relief Scheme work programme for 2017 has now commenced on the River Bandon in Co Cork. The scheme consists of a combination of flood defences and dredging of the river bed to a level…
Salmon Farm Sea Lice Halve Wild Atlantic Salmon Runs Says New Study
Marine Wildlife
#Salmon - Wild Atlantic salmon smolts migrating to sea from Irish rivers can become infected with sea lice from West Coast salmon farms and suffer increased mortality soon after leaving the coast, cutting their numbers by half. That’s the conclusion…
The sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus), one of three shark species with six gills, is usually found in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean
Angling
#Angling - A group of sea anglers off the Co Clare coast have hooked what’s thought to be the largest ever sixgill shark caught by rod and line in Europe. As BBC News reports, English angler Ben Bond struggled for…
Dublin Bay which is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere that highlights the important relationship between people and wildlife
Dublin Bay
#BiosphereTours – Dublin Bay Biosphere Guided Tours begin today from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin and Howth and on every Wednesday until 14 June, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Bay which is internationally recognised for its wealth of marine wildlife and cultural…
The as-yet-unnamed baby Atlantic cownose ray at Bray’s National Sea Life aquarium
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Bray’s National Sea Life aquarium has announced the birth of Ireland’s first tropical stingray, as TheJournal.ie reports. The junior Atlantic cownose ray was born a month ago but staff at the North Co Wicklow marine wildlife centre wanted…
Humpback whales like this one off the US coast are regular visitors to Irish waters
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The first humpback whale sighting for the new season in Irish waters was made last week off the Beara Peninsula. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) Patrick Lyne was in prime position to witness the unmistakable tail…
Save Our Seafront said an environmental impact statement failed to consider that people walk on the Dún Laoghaire pier to enjoy fresh air and the view of the Dublin mountains, and the effects on their enjoyment if a large cruise ship is obscuring the view and “emitting diesel and sulphur fumes”.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - An environmental Dublin Bay group’s challenge over an €18 million terminal berth for cruise ships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour writes The Irish Times will be heard later this year at the Commercial Court. The Save Our Seafront (SOS)…
Humpback whales and dolphins were among the wildlife filmed by Eoin Warner and his team for the TG4 two-parter Éire Fhiáin
Maritime TV
#OnTV - A documentary on the wildlife of Ireland’s West Coast that’s wowed TV viewers during Seachtain na Gaeilge is now available to watch online. As Independent.ie reports, the two-part Éire Fhiáin has been compared to Blue Planet for its…
Sperm whales are not commonly found off Ireland’s East Coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The carcass of an 11-tonne sperm whale has washed up at Carnsore Point in Co Wexford, as the Gorey Guardian reports. The 8.5m whale — discovered by local man Davie Rea on the rocky shore at the end…
This dolphin was found on the beach at Fenit, Co Kerry this past Wednesday
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Not even two months in and 2017 is already the worst year on record for whale and dolphin strandings, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). As of Friday 17 February, a whopping 56 cetacean standings…

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