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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'
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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…
Pollution Threat To Ireland's Killer Whale Regulars
Marine Wildlife
#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
Marine Wildlife
#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
Marine Wildlife
#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'
Marine Wildlife
#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…

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