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More Sightings of Humpback Whale off Dublin Come to the Surface
Marine Wildlife
Since the first report of the Humpback whale off Howth, north Co Dublin, on Thursday, the first sighting in the area in almost 20 years, several other eyewitness reports are surfacing too. The sitings are among a handful of validated…
First Humpback Whale Spotted off Howth in 20 Years
Marine Wildlife
A Hump Back Whale was spotted off Howth head, Co. Dublin this afternoon by local canoeists. It is the first reported sighting in the Eastern Irish Sea in over 20 years according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who…
Fin Whales Spotted off Waterford
Marine Wildlife
The first inshore Fin Whales of 2010 have been spotted off the Waterford coast, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have reported. The Fin Whale is the second largest animal on the planet, with only the Blue Whale larger. Fin…
Energetic Atlantic Dolphins are Fussy Eaters
Marine Wildlife
Atlantic Dolphins choose to eat high-energy fish to suit their energetic lifestyles, scientists have found. A study of dolphins off the French coast shows that dolphins shy away from less calorie-dense prey in favour of high-energy food. This dispels a…
Warm Water Species on the Increase Around Ireland’s Coasts
Marine Wildlife
Mr. Sean Connick, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today (June 29th) launched a milestone report on the effects of climate change on Ireland’s marine ecosystems. The document - Irish Ocean Climate and Ecosystem…
Satellite-Linked Tagging of Porbeagle Sharks
Marine Wildlife
Scientists at the Marine Institute, Galway, are working with anglers around Ireland to study the migration and diving behaviour of porbeagle sharks (Latin name - Lamna nasus) in the northeast Atlantic. Porbeagle sharks are one of the top marine predators…
Algal Bloom Heads for Ireland
Marine Wildlife
A NASA satellite has spotted an enormous algal bloom off the south-west corner of Ireland, heading for the coast via the Gulf Stream. The agency said that while volcanic deposits of silt on the water can encourage these blooms, this…
Ew, what's that smell?
Marine Wildlife
Cruiser Racer visitors to Dublin for this weekend's Cruiser Nationals aren't the only ones to be put off by Dublin's Bay foul smells it appears. Residents in Dublin have in recent days reported sewage like odours in the north and…
Irish Sea Jellyfish Survey continues
Marine Wildlife
A four-year survey of jellyfish population and movements in the Irish Sea continues this summer, with the public being asked to report sightings of any jellyfish that they see on the water. The EcoJel project is a collaboration between UCC…
Irish Seal Sanctuary Moves to Courtown
Marine Wildlife
On Saturday May 1st, the Irish Seal Sanctuary made its last journey from Garristown in North Dublin to release three seals in Courtown’s North Beach, Co Wexford. The weekend marked the beginning of a new era for the ISS who…
Suspicion Grows Clam was Deliberately Introduced to the Barrow
Marine Wildlife
The finding of “a well-established, high-density colony” of the freshwater Asian clam in the river Barrow at St Mullins, south Co Carlow, has alarmed fisheries officials and wildlife experts. Michael Parson has the full story in The Irish Times. Dr…
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Online Conference Tomorrow
Marine Wildlife
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) Sightings Co-ordinator Pádraig Whooley will be presenting at this weekend's TEDX event in the West Cork Hotel, Skibereen, Co. Cork tomorrow which will be streamed live on the internet and can be viewed here.

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