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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
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#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
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#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
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#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…
Training Underway in Portsmouth for Orca Ocean Watch Week
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#orca – Crews from commercial and Royal Navy vessels have started training for the Orca Ocean Watch Week, an initiative by the whale and dolphin conservation charity ORCA, that is being launched at Portsmouth International Port this month. Between 25th…
Friends Capture Video Of Pod Frolicking In 'Dolphin Capital Of Ireland'
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Two friends were caught by surprise by a playful pod of dolphins off Donegal's Malin Head in recent days. And as UTV reports, one of them was quick enough to capture the exciting encounter on video. “Apparently this…
Whale Carcass Causes A Stink On Donegal Beach
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Locals near Magheraroarty Beach in Co Donegal were left with a smelly situation last week after the remains of a whale buried on the strand were washed back onto the surface in a matter of days. According to…
'Shark Park' Could Be Big Draw For Wild Atlantic Way
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Ireland's basking shark visitors could be a big money-spinner for the Wild Atlantic Way, as Independent.ie's Travel TV reports. The second largest fish in the sea are a regular summer sight off Ireland's coasts, particularly in Donegal, Mayo…
Stranded Dolphins Saved By Kerry Locals
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Common dolphins stranded in a Kerry river last weekend were saved by the quick actions of local people, as The Kerryman reports. Trapped by the fast receding tide at the mouth of the Cloghane Estuary on the Dingle…
Paddleboarder's Close Encounter With Humpback Whale Off West Cork
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A paddleboarder "still can't believe" the moment when a humpback whale surfaced right under his board off West Cork earlier this week. As the Irish Examiner reports, Jason Coniry was out for a paddle with fellow boarders off…
Kayakers Land Tope Shark For A Snap Off Inishowen
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A group of sea anglers off Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula got more than most would bargain for last week when they landed a shark – with video to prove it. But far from fearful at the prospect, Graham Smith…
Minke Whale Calf Beaches On Lough Foyle Shore
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A minke whale calf has died after beaching on the shore of Lough Foyle near Limavady last week, as BBC News reports. The whale, thought to be just three months old, was first spotted by locals washed up…
Honeycomb Reef Discovered In Waterford Estuary Could Be World's Biggest
Marine Wildlife
#Biodiversity - Coastwatch volunteers taking part in events for National Biodiversity Week have discovered a massive honeycomb reef as much as a kilometre long in the Waterford Estuary. Members of the public began checking the shore between Hook Head in…

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