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Post Mortem on Mass Pilot Whale Strandings Cancelled Due to Bad Weather
Marine Wildlife
Plans to carry out a post-mortem examinations on thirty-five Pilot whales found dead on a beach in Co Donegal yesterday have been cancelled due to bad weather according to Dr. Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). Up…
European Shark Experts Gather in Galway
Marine Wildlife
International experts on sharks, skates and rays will meet at the Marine Institute in Galway for the 14th Annual European Elasmobranch* Association Conference from 10th-13th November 2010. The waters around Ireland are home to a rich diversity of sharks, skates…
'Propellers' To Blame for NI, Scotland Seal Deaths
Marine Wildlife
Scientists believe that a recent wave of fatal corkscrew-like injuries to seals discovered in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the result of contact with boat propellers. Original speculation on the ususual injuries pointed the blame at sharks. But Dr David…
NI Aquarium Hosts Seal Week
Marine Wildlife
The Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry, Co Down will host its Seal Week from 6-14 November. The week will feature fun seal-themed events for children and families, including daily seal feedings, as well as talks from the  knowledgeable staff who care…
Watch Out For Tagged Seals
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) has put out a call for observers to look out for tagged seals. Following the news that a seal pup rescued and tagged by the ISS was discovered in Wales, the sanctuary is looking to…
Minke Whales in Big Numbers Off Southwest Coast
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has recorded two surprisingly large aggregations of minke whales off the southwest coast. The group reports that regular observer Nick Massett counted a group of eight minke whales off Slea Head in Co…
Irish Seal Sanctuary Receives Surprise Donation
Marine Wildlife
A young supporter of the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) has donated €450 to help the seals she visits regularly. Staff at the sanctuary in Courtown, Co Wexford were amazed when 13-year-old Sarah Butler donated her personal savings towards the care…
Rescued Seal is Stabbed to Death
Marine Wildlife
A seal rescued by lifeboat crew members less than three weeks ago has been found dead after being stabbed. Gardai in Arklow, Co Wicklow are carrying out an investigation after stab wounds were spotted on the animal's body after it was…
Whale Breaks Long Distance Record for Mammals
Marine Wildlife
A humpback whale has broken the world record for long-distance travel by any mammal. The female whale swam at least 9,800km from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean in search of a…
Killer Whale Stranded on Mayo Beach
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports that a killer whale was found stranded in Tullaghan Bay, Co Mayo earlier this month. A post morten was carried out on the carcass of the female killer whale by Conor Ryan…
Dunmore East Seal Shooter is Fined, Loses Guns
Marine Wildlife
Waterford Circuit Court has upheld the District Court's prosecution of a fisherman for animal cruelty after the shooting of a seal in Dunmore East harbour. The unnamed shooter – who was formally licensed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service…
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…

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