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Dead Dolphin in Youghal Prompts Vigilance
Marine Wildlife
Following the discovery of a dead dolphin in Youghal last week, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has called on locals to be watchful for marine mammals in distress. The common dolphin was found washed up on Clay Castle…
Monty Halls Gives Talk on 'Capturing Giants'
Marine Wildlife
Renowned diver Monty Halls is set to present a public talk on his marine animal work filming whales, sharks and dolphins around the world tomorrow night (7 October). Halls, who has been in Ireland since April making his latest documentary…
Study Shines Spotlight on Starry Smooth-hounds
Marine Wildlife
New research from University College Dublin on marine animals may bring closer attention to one of Ireland's least well known species of shark. Dr Edward Farrell of UCD's School of Biology & Environmental Science spent the last four years of…
Killer Whales Spotted off Kerry Coast
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) spotted killer whales off the coast of county Kerry during an offshore survey last weekend.  The killer whales crossed within two metres of the bow of the research vessel, others swam just beneath the…
Strangford Seal Deaths (Warning Picture May Upset Some Viewers)
Marine Wildlife
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has expressed concerns over a high number of unnatural seal deaths reported in recent years along the County Down coast. Declan Looney, Senior Wildlife Inspector with the NIEA said: "Both harbour and grey seals…
Protected Seals in Northern Ireland Were Decapitated
Marine Wildlife
A total of 16 were found, mainly grey pups and juveniles - which are both protected under European legislation - were recovered from Strangford Lough and Dundrum Bay. The Environment Agency said circumstantial evidence indicated interaction with some form of…
Antrim's Red Bay is Marine Protection Area
Marine Wildlife
The popular Red Bay boating area on the North Antrim coast is to gain protection under EU Law as a marine animal protection area. The area was chosen because it contains rare species that are in danger of becoming extinct.…
Live Dolphin Strandings on West Coast
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have received reports of five live stranding incidents of these marine animals along the west coast between 23 July and 9 August. There was a further report of a stranded striped dolphin from…
Swimmers, Surfers and Sailors are Reminded of the Venomous Weever Fish
Marine Wildlife
Excruciating pain as spines embed into human flesh from a marine animal. Not the sort of holiday talk, you were thinking about? The CEO of Irish Water Safety John Leech has issued a notice reminding swimmers, surfers and all beach users…
Seas at Risk from Decline in Plankton
Marine Wildlife
A major study published today in the journal Nature suggests that the marine food chain could be in danger of collapse due to declining levels of phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are the bottom rung of the food chain on which all sea…
Cork Harbour Dolphins Jumping
Marine Wildlife
Pictures of Dolphins jumping off Roches Point in Cork harbour have been captured for youtube viewers courtesy of a Cork fishing trip this week. The three harbour dolphins jump clean out of the water in the clip below from about…
Whale Sighting confirmed off Rathlin
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group believes that the whale spotted off Howth and Dublin Bay last week may be the same marine animal spotted at the foot of cliffs on Rathlin Island. The whale is thought to be moving…
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…

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