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#MarineWildlife - The Belfast Telegraph has video of a 30ft whale that washed up on Portstewart Strand yesterday morning (Monday 6 October).

Confirmed as the remains of an adult female sei whale, the enormous marine wildlife remains took three diggers to lift it off the beach onto a trailer for removal in an operation that lasted several hours.

The sight has astounded onlookers due to the balloon-like protrusion from its mouth – but experts say it's common for the tongues of whale carcasses to inflate with gas after they strand.

What's more, marine science PhD student Suzanne Beck says the stranding is a great opportunity for marine education. The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

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#MarineWildlife - Following Friday's news of a rare whale sighting off the continental shelf, BBC News reports on a sadder whale story in Co Antrim, as a juvenile Sei whale died after it was was found beached early yesterday (14 September).

The deep ocean whale, said to be "incredibly rare" in Irish waters, was discovered on the sand beside Red Bay pier near Waterfoot on the North Antrim coast.

Despite being at least 8.5 metres long, it was still only a calf, "so the likelihood is that it would have still have been attended by its mother" before it got lost in the shallows, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's Ian Enlander.

Sadly, refloating the whale was not an option as it was stuck deep into the soft sand, and it died before a vet could attend. It's expected that an autopsy tomorrow will shed some light on the cause of death.

The upsetting news comes seven years after the last Sei whale seen in the region, a 10m juvenile that was euthanised after swimming into Larne Lough and beaching. That had been the first recorded stranding of the species in Ireland since 1914.

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

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