Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo The Irish Sailing Association

Marine Wildlife
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - One of the last remaining members of a unique pod of killer whales has been found dead on a Scottish island. As STV News reports, the orca known as Lulu to marine researchers was found beached on the…
Marine Wildlife
#Biodiversity - Climate change is putting increasing pressure on natural habitats for Irish wildlife, particularly where biodiversity is affected by human action. That's the conclusion of the first National Biodiversity Indicators report, which sought to measure changes affecting marine wildlife…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Marine wildlife welfare groups will received €27,000 out of more than €2.5 million awarded to 140 animal welfare organisations nationwide by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Seal Rescue Ireland, based at Courtown Harbour in Co…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Four new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for Northern Ireland have been put forward for consultation, as the Coleraine Times reports. Rathlin, Waterfoot, Outer Belfast Lough and Carlingford Lough are the proposed locations, variously home to marine species from…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - 'Poison Ivy' the seal pup is now in good hands after she was found on the streets of Galway by council workers earlier this month. As the Galway Independent reports, the young seal was discovered on the footpath…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - On Monday 7 December, Ireland today joined with a number of other countries in a demarche to the government of Japan about its whaling activities. The demarche expresses “serious concern” at Japan's decision to resume whaling in the…
Marine Wildlife
#Whaling - Japan is set to resume whaling for minke whales off Antarctica in the new year in spite of a ruling by the International Court of Justice banning such activity. According to BBC News, Japan says it has taken the…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Airborne drones will soon be used to patrol stretches of the Australian coast popular with Irish emigrants and holidaymakers that have seen numerous great white shark attacks over recent months. According to BBC News, the New South Wales…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Two pilot whales suffocated after getting fish stuck in their blowholes – the first known record of such happenings since in over 400 years. According to New Scientist, both whales met their end a year ago while their…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A Dublin couple on a whale-watching tour off Queensland recently had to content with an attention-seeking humpback whale as they posed for a photo, as the Irish Post reports. But the holidaying pair Declan and Mandy O’Donoghue seemed…
Marine Wildlife
#ORCAoceanWatch - A marine mammal conservation initiative that took place in the summer, supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, proved a huge success in its first year. The Steam Packet Company was one of 13 ferry, cruise,…
Marine Wildlife
Sightings of juvenile minke whales off Scotland’s west coast increased in 2015 to the highest ever recorded within a survey season, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – indicating either a significant increase in…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A seal pup was lunch for a killer whale that's been attracting onlookers to Wales' Irish Sea coast in recent days. As the Carmarthen Journal reports, the orca was first sighted of Mwnt, north of Cardigan, over the…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The humpback whale known as Boomerang is back – and this time he may have found a mate, according to The Irish Times. Last spotted almost exactly a year ago off the south coast at the Cork-Waterford border,…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Seals are not threatening commercial fishing stocks in Irish waters, with the possible exception of wild Atlantic salmon, according to new research led by Queen's University Belfast. The findings show that seals are having no significant impact on…
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Bioluminescent wildlife off Dingle and Ventry has attracted hundreds of onlookers in recent days to see the phenomenon known as 'sea sparkle'. According to TheJournal.ie, the mesmerising clouds of tiny lights in the water are the result of…

Featured Clubs

DBSC
National Yacht Club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

vdlr sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Chandlery

chmarine sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
Tom MacSweeney - This Island Nation
RTE Seascapes
BSB sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating