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Whale watchers at Galley Head in West Cork
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - 2017’s All–Ireland Whale Watch Day is scheduled for Saturday 26 August between 2pm and 5pm as part of Heritage Week. Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) at any of 20 land-based whale watches across Ireland to…
Chief scientist Ciaran O’Donnell, Marine Institute provides the BBC One Show film crew a briefing of the survey route planned for the WESPAS survey.
Marine Science
#marinescience - The Marine Institute recently led an acoustic survey of herring and boarfish in the oceans to the north, west and south of Ireland to determine the distribution, abundance, health and maturity of the herring and boarfish stocks in…
The bearded seal has allegedly taken up residence at the Timoleague estuary for the last two months
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Wildlife watchers have been baffled by the sighting of an Arctic seal in West Cork, as the Irish Examiner reports. Bearded seals, marked by their pale pelt and distinctive long whiskers, are usually found between the far north…
The deep sea coral Solenosmilia variabilis
Marine Science
#MarineScience - A team of scientists have discovered the deepest known occurrence of a cold water coral reef known as Solenosmilia variabilis in Irish waters. The marine scientists, led by the Marine Institute with the National Parks and Wildlife Service…
The blue whale is the largest animal known to have ever existed on earth
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The skeleton of a blue whale beached on the Wexford coast in the late 19th century has now taken pride of place at London’s Natural History Museum. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the museum paid the equivalent of…
Marine Wildlife watching boats at Cape Clear Harbour
Island News
It may be just three miles long by one mile wide but there's heaps of maritime activity on Ireland’s southern most inhabited Gaeltacht island, Cape Clear.  Removed from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, Cape Clear offers relaxation, nature…
A giant squid preserved in ice at Melbourne Aquarium in Australia
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Once was exciting enough — but a Kerry trawler had landed a second giant squid in as many months, as RTÉ News reports. Local fisherman Pete Flannery landed what was the first giant squid recorded in Irish waters…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
Dublin Bay
#Jellyfish - Swimmers have been warned away from Seapoint and Sandycove on the south shores of Dublin Bay after sightings of potentially dangerous lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the…
A kingfisher on the Royal Canal as seen in RTÉ’s series Waterways
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to users of Ireland’s inland waterways to get involved in its survey of river birds in man-made structures. Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of rivers, canals and other waterways. Though often difficult…
Sharks feed off a dead whale in the Atlantic 200km northwest of Donegal
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s Pádraig Whooley says he has “lost count” of the number of minke whales seen off West Cork in recent days, as The Irish Times reports. Whales of various cetacean species are now…
Dusty gets a cuddle from her human friend at Inis Oírr harbour recently
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Dusty the dolphin earned a measure of infamy in previous years after attacking a number of bathers at her former home in Doolin. But the Wild Atlantic Way’s other resident bottlenose – after Dingle's celebrated Fungie – was…
Take a visit on board the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group's research vessel, Celtic Mist. The ketch is berthed at the Grand Canal Quay of the dock basin today as part of the Dublin Riverfest.
Tall Ships
#HelpCetaceans - From the fast and furious ThunderCats to the more serious side of marine wildlife as the Irish Whale & Dolphin ketch is part of the Dublin Riverfest which concludes this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
Dead crayfish in the River Suir
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - In response to a recent outbreak of crayfish plague in the River Suir and River Deel, emergency disease containment measures are needed to help prevent its spread. Crayfish plague is a disease that kills Ireland’s native white-clawed crayfish.…
Dolphins are up for discussion at the IWDG’s talks during National Biodiversity Week
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Whether you’re cruising around the coast or staying put on dry land, there’s much to see and explore during National Biodiversity Week, which kicked off yesterday (Friday 19 May) and continues till next weekend. Among the 50 free…
A giant squid preserved in ice at Melbourne Aquarium in Australia
Marine Wildlife
#GiantSquid - A giant squid measuring nearly six metres in length has been caught off Dingle in Co Kerry — the first encounter with the rare ocean creature in Irish waters in 22 years, as TheJournal.ie reports. Fisherman Pete Flannery…
Dead Crayfish in the Suir. An appeal has been issued downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir
Marine Wildlife
All water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. It comes after large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported…

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