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Ballycotton RNLI Called to Dolphin Stranded in Bogland
Marine Wildlife
Ballycotton RNLI was launched at 7.12pm yesterday evening (Sunday 30 August) to aid a dolphin that was stranded due to extreme high tides in a bogland near Ballycotton. Both the all-weather and the inshore lifeboats with their volunteer crews were…
Prawn Fishing Threat To Irish Sea Diversity Say Scientists
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The future of the Irish Sea's diverse habitat is under threat from "unsustainable" prawn fishing, scientists have warned. But as Independent.ie reports, fishing groups say Dublin Bay prawns are being caught with sensitivity to vulnerable fish species that may be…
Minke Whale Carcass Left To Decompose On Clare Beach
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The carcass of a minke whale that washed ashore between Doolin and Liscannor in Co Clare a fortnight ago will be left to decompose naturally, as the Irish Examiner reports. The six-metre-long adult female, believed to weigh more…
Drone Shoot Captures Donegal Dolphins
Marine Wildlife
#donegaldolphins – Afloat.ie reader Paul McMenamin recorded these Dolphins off Malin head in Donegal on Sunday. McMenamin was out with friends in a boat 'messing about on a rubber ring' when a pod of Dolphins came cruising alongside. Paul told Afloat…
Great White Sharks Off The Irish Coast? TV Hunt For Ocean's Apex Predator
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - BBC presenter and explorer Ben Fogle is fronting a new expedition by a documentary crew to find evidence of great white sharks living in the Irish Sea. As the Mirror reports, the "top secret" mission launched on Friday…
Head To The Coast For All Ireland Whale Watch Day This Sunday
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The arrival of minke whales and a host of other whale and dolphin species around Ireland's coast seems like a good omen for this year's All Ireland Whale Watch Day this Sunday 23 August, according to the Irish…
Basking Sharks Vid From Malin Head on the Wild Atlantic Way
Marine Wildlife
#baskingshark – A Donegal based adventurer and mountain guide has compiled some superb footage showing basking sharks off Malin Head. Bren Whelan specialises in rock climbing on sea cliffs in truly remarkable locations. The attached video shows scenes from yesterday off Ireland's…
Minke Whale Carcass Found On Clare Beach
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A young minke whale carcass has washed up at a popular swimming spot on the Clare coast, as Independent.ie reports. The carcass was filmed at Hayes Hole in Liscannor by local man Roderick Gallivan, who added that whales…
'Piranha' Shrimp Discovered In Irish Waters Feeds On Whales
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, marine scientists have discovered a species of whale-eating shrimp of the coast of south-west Ireland. As TheJournal.ie reports, these amphipods are not quite the shrimp…
Pilot Whale Trio Refloated Twice After West Kerry Stranding
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A trio of pilot whales were lucky to be surrounded by beachgoers when they stranded in West Kerry on Thursday morning (6 August). But locals and visitors in the Brandon Bay area have been asked to remain vigilant…
Kerry Welcomes First Sea Eagle Chicks In A Century
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Kerry is celebrating the first sea eagle chicks to fly their nests in the county for over 100 years, as The Irish Times reports. Despite incidents of poisoning suspected in the deaths of three of the marine birds…
Beluga Whale Spotted Off Antrim Coast In First For NI
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Northern Irish marine researchers have recorded a first after spotting a beluga whale off the Antrim coast this week, as BBC News reports. Colder sea temperatures than normal for this time of year may explain why the Arctic…
Dusty Strikes Again As Swimmers Warned At Aran Islands Beach
Marine Wildlife
#Dusty - Dusty the dolphin is back in the news after 'attacking' a swimmer off a beach at Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands, as the Connacht Tribune reports. Two years after the bottlenose dolphin courted controversy by causing serious…
Killer Whale Sighted In Irish Sea Off Welsh Coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - BBC News reports on three revet sightings of an orca, or killer whale, in the Irish Sea off Ceredigion in Mid Wales. It's believed the orca - which could be John Coe, a large male known for a…
Tern Colony Set To Thrive Under New Dublin Port Plan
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Dublin Port Company has launched a new plan to protect a colony of terns that nest within the port. The Dublin Port Tern Colony Management Plan will ensure the conservation of Dublin Port’s terns, small migratory seabirds that…
Rare 'White' Humpback Whale Spotted Off West Cork
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Whale watchers will be jostling for position to snap shots of a rare albino humpback whale spotted off Baltimore in West Cork last week, according to Joe.ie. The incredible sight of the Moby-Dick-like 40ft ocean giant was allegedly…

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