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Pollution Threat To Ireland's Killer Whale Regulars
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#MarineWildlife - "High pollution levels" could be to blame for the failure of Ireland's only resident killer whale pod to produce any calves. As reported two years ago on Afloat.ie, the well-known orca pod often seen between Scotland and Ireland…
Killer Whales Spotted Off Baltimore In First For 2015
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#MarineWildlife - Six weeks after the first sighting of basking sharks this year off West Cork comes news that a pair of killer whales have been seen near Baltimore. The Southern Star reports on the rare sight for the area…
South American River Rat Found In Tipperary Stream
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Rodney is the name given to a giant river rat found swimming in a Tipperary stream last week, as TheJournal.ie reports. The three-foot rodent is a coypu, native to South America, and is the first of his kind…
Video Shows Basking Shark On Patrol Off Dingle
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Following Friday's look back at the basking shark that surprised bathers off Cape Clear last summer, Independent.ie brings us this remarkable up-close video of the ocean giants returning to the Kerry coast for the warmer months. The footage…
Surprise Basking Shark Features In Cape Clear Documentary
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#MarineWildlife - Do you remember the basking shark that surprised a group of bathers off Cape Clear last summer? According to TheJournal.ie, it's now featured in a documentary shot on the fly by a team of quick-thinking filmmakers. Aonrú, a…
Sea Eagle Poisoned In Connemara 'Was About To Lay Eggs'
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#MarineWildlife - The remains of a sea eagle – or white-tailed eagle – have been found in Connemara, and experts say the bird was poisoned. RTÉ News reports on the discovery earlier this month of the female eagle, which was…
Irish Research Cited In Experts' Rejection Of Japan Whaling Plan
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A research paper produced in a joint project by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) was cited by an expert panel that has struck down Japan's plans to resume whaling…
Dutch Step In To Keep Seal Rescue Centre Open
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Courtown's seal sanctuary has been saved from closure after Dutch counterparts stepped in to help fill a key vacancy over maternity leave. As the Wexford People reports, Sonja Ciccaglione has now been seconded as temporary manager of Seal…
Irish Boy's Wish To Train Killer Whale Comes True
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Make-A-Wish Ireland brought six-year-old Ondrej Byrtusova's dreams to life when they whisked him and his family away to Florida to train a killer whale, as the Irish Independent reports. Ondrej – who was born with Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome…
Are 'Killer Seals' Feasting In British Waters?
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Are 'killer seals' feasting on porpoises off the British coast? Mail Online seems to think so – and presents some shocking evidence. The video above appears to show a grey seal tearing at the flesh of a porpoise…
Akrlow Seal 'Sammy' Rescued Near Rocky Shoreline
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - On Friday morning (3 April) Arklow RNLI was made aware of a seal apparently caught in fishing gear close to the Arklow Harbour entrance. Two of Arklow RNLI’s team went to the area to ascertain if it was…
Beached Minke Whale Is Furthest Inland Ever Recorded
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A minke whale who beached along a river far upstream from Kenmare has been rescued thanks to the timely response of locals. As RTÉ News reports, it's believed that the whale - found some 3km from the Kerry…
New Revelations On Whale Communication
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Following yesterday's news that porpoises hunt by 'sound searchlight' comes this similarly remarkable video report from the BBC that reveals a new breakthrough in understanding how cetaceans communicate. Studies by researchers at Washington, DC's Smithsonian Institution have identified…
Lisburn's Resident 'Sealebrity' Lights Up Social Media
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Northern Ireland's Exploris aquarium has put out a call to Lisburn locals to help them track down a notorious resident seal who's become somewhat of a landlubber. As Lisburn Today reports, Sammy – as the seal's been named…
Porpoises Hunt By 'Sound Searchlight' Say Researchers
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - How do whales, dolphins and porpoises hunt for fish? By using 'sound searchlights', according to Danish marine researchers. As BBC News reports, the team of marine scientists at Aarhus University used underwater microphones to study the hunting behaviour…
Strangford's Horse Mussels Threatened By Stormont Inaction Says Audit
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Northern Ireland acted too slowly to protect endangered horse mussels in Strangford Lough, according to a new report. The findings by the Northern Ireland Audit Office, as the News Letter reports, have damned Stormont's failure to ensure proper…

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