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Dead crayfish in the River Suir last year
#Crayfish - The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is investigating the widespread deaths of white-clawed crayfish in Lough Owel that may be linked to an outbreak of crayfish plague. As TheJournal.ie reports, the Co Westmeath inland waterway is home…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
#Jellyfish - Bathers have been put on alert in Galway Bay after a number of swimmers were hospitalised for stings by lion’s mane jellyfish. According to the Connacht Tribune, one woman was stung in the face on Saturday 9 June,…
Sponges found on the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone using the ROV Holland I during the recent TOSCA expedition
#MarineScience - A multinational team of ocean exploration experts returned to Galway on World Ocean Day (Friday 8 June) after spending the last few weeks exploring and mapping the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Using the robotic mini-sub…
Little Skellig hosts Ireland’s largest colony of northern gannets
#MarineWildlife - Concerns have been raised over the levels of plastic pollution at an important gannet colony on the smallest of the Skellig Islands. As The Irish Times reports, discarded plastic waste – including parts of old fishing gear in…
Galway Bay is among those areas that conversationists want designated under the motion being put to the Seanad
#MarineWildlife - The Seanad today (Wednesday 23 May) is expected to hear a motion calling for the declaration of coastal areas around Ireland has ‘marine protected areas’ or MPAs. According to The Irish Times, the motion is being tabled by…
A Blue Flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulation. Above: Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin which lost its Blue Flag status last year, failed to regain in 2018. In the backdrop is Whiterock Beach, Dalkey.
#CoastalNotes - Blue flags have reached a record total in those awarded to Irish beaches and marinas for 2018 by An Taisce environmental group. The 83 Irish beaches and seven marinas writes The Irish Times, that have achieved the accolade…
Have A Whale Of A Time This National Biodiversity Week
#Biodiversity - Whale watches at Cloghna Head and Loop Head cap off a packed lineup of events for National Biodiversity Week, which began this past weekend. The nine-day initiative aims to connect people with the natural world and communicate the…
Minkes are among the smallest baleen whales but can still measure 8-9 metres in length
#MarineWildlife - Galley Head was the place to see Ireland’s biggest recorded gathering of minke whales in recent weeks, as TheJournal.ie reports. Cork Whale Watch skipper Colin Barnes estimated more than 50 minke whales feeding off the coast of West…
IWDG's Celtic Mist with Fin Whale
Humpback whales are one of the most iconic animals on the planet, ambassadors for the world’s oceans. The image of a humpback whale, with its fluke lifted clear of the water became the symbol of the environmental movement when a…
Celtic Mist will be open for tours this Sunday 20 May at Dublin's Grand Cana; Dock
#CelticMist - Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock this Sunday 20 May to celebrate before its research vessel Celtic Mist embarks on a historic marine wildlifearine wildlife expedition to Iceland. As Coast Monkey reports,…
Dolphins playing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It does the heart good
The National Yacht Club's Mal Nowlan couldn't believe his eyes on Saturday afternoon when a pod of dolphins came into the harbour to play around his boat. 'I was calibrating my RIB’s compass when DBSC’s Committee Boat 'Freebird' came into the harbour…
Preventing Plastic Pollution on Waterways: Infographic
You don’t have to look far to see a scary story involving plastic, whether that story involves a whale washing up to shore as a result of ingesting too much plastic or a video that shows a turtle having a…
Plastic pollution is affecting marine life in even the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has warned there will be more plastic waste in our oceans than fish by 2050, according to a UN report. The Ireland South MEP gave the stark warning as she addressed the European Parliament…
 The first deepwater INFOMAR survey of 2018, is to map the seabed in the region of the Labadie and Cockburn Banks, south of the Celtic Sea.
#MarineScience - Marine Institute's RV Celtic Explorer departed Galway yesterday for the first deepwater INFOMAR survey of 2018 to map the seabed in the region of the Labadie and Cockburn Banks, south of the Celtic Sea. These areas are of ecological…
'Ireland’s Deep Atlantic' the first of a new series begins tomorrow, Sunday, 22nd April at 9.30pm on RTÉ One
#MarineWildlife - Ireland's Deep Atlantic is a new documentary series that airs on RTÉ One this weekend. Ireland’s Deep Atlantic sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan embark on a series of voyages out into the open North Atlantic in search of…
The new humpback whale as spotted near Inchydoney on Saturday 31 March
#MarineWildlife - Amid a flurry of activity off the Bear Peninsula in West Cork last week was the discovery of a new humpback whale visitor to Irish waters. Using images captured by marine mammal observation officer Patrick Lyne near Inchydoney…

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