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The location of the sunken vessel at the end of Cook Street Quay south of Portaferry
News Update
#StrangfordLough - Leaking fuel from a submerged boat in Strangford Lough has promoted environmental concerns, as BelfastLive reports. The three-masted vessel, which has been moored in Portaferry Harbour for some time, crashed into the quay, and sank on Friday (27 January).…
Bottlenose dolphins are a regular delight for wildlife spotters around Ireland's coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Ireland’s whales and dolphins feature in a new atlas of the country’s wildlife, as The Irish Times reports. The Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015, published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, maps the distribution of 77 mammal…
One of the dolphins that stranded in Dungarvan on Friday 13 January
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group reports on the stranding of three common dolphins in Dungarvan at the weekend. Two of the three dolphins were still alive when found on Friday (13 January), though they were in “poor…
Herring shoals attract seals and cetaceans to the South Coast in big numbers each winter
Marine Wildlife
#PairTrawling - Winter season pair trawling has been blamed for a spate of marine wildlife deaths on the Waterford coast this week, as the Irish Examiner reports. Locals in Ardmore discovered four seals and a porpoise washed up on their…
One stranded dolphin is lifted to safety on board Tarbert Rowing Club’s inflatable
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports the good news of the rescue of two live common dolphins that stranded on a Co Kerry beach at the weekend. IWDG volunteers found three dolphins at Tarbert on Sunday…
Puffins with their coloured bills and black-and-white coats – they almost looking particularly well-dressed for a formal evening out
Island Nation
Without a lot of public attention Birdwatch Ireland, the conservation organisation which protects Ireland's birds and their habitats, is engaged in an extensive survey of seabirds. Ireland is a very important country for seabirds which are, in my view, marvellous…
Save Our Seafront (SOS) the Dun Laoghaire Harbour group launches a High Court challenge to cruiseships plan
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - The Save-Our-Seafront Dun Laoghaire group was yesterday granted leave by the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision to approve cruiseships docking in the local harbour. As The Irish Times reports, the group, which is an environmental…
Humpback whales like this one off the US coast are regular visitors to Irish waters
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Whale watchers off the Sunny South East believed they’ve photographed Ireland’s first humpback whale sighting of 2017, as TheJournal.ie reports. South Coast Charter Angling skipper Martin Colfer was out with photographer Myles Carroll yesterday (Wednesday 4 January) when…
The IWDG’s Celtic Mist heading into Fenit after surveying in Brandon and Tralee Bays
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Conservationists want Tralee Bay and Brandon Bay in North Kerry to be declared a protected marine wildlife zone for bottlenose dolphins. The call comes in the wake of new research by the Irish Whale Dolphin Group (IWDG) in…
Black guillemots near Rathlin Island now have their own protected zone, the first of its kind in the UK
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The RSPB has welcomed the announcement of new marine protected areas for Northern Ireland this week. “The formal designation of four new marine protected areas will help protect a range of vulnerable species and habitats - ranging from…
A stranded common dolphin caught in a fishing net
Fishing
#Supertrawler - An MEP for Ireland South is calling on the European Commission to investigate an alleged connection between ‘supertrawler’ activity and a spike in dolphin standings earlier this year. As the West Cork Times reports, Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune…
Bottlenose dolphins are a regular delight for wildlife spotters around Ireland's coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The first meeting of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) new local group for North Kerry takes place this Friday 9 December at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm. All are welcome to the…
Grey seals like these, as well as common seals, are regularly found around the Irish and British coasts
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Is cannibalism among seals to blame for deaths of the marine mammals recorded on Ireland’s shores? That’s one reason suggested by researchers in the latest report from the Irish Seal Sanctuary’s seal death database, according to the Irish…
The large baleen whale spotted on Cross Beach at the weekend
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) received a report at the weekend of a large baleen whale struggling in the shallows at Cross Beach in north-west Co Mayo. The 12-metre marine mammal, thought to be a sei…
Humpback whales like this one off the US coast are regular visitors to Norway’s Arctic fjords
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A small Norwegian community in the Arctic Circle recently had a whale of a problem with their internet connection - literally. As New Scientist reports, a subsea internet cable in the Kaldfjorden north of Tromsø which should have…
Common seal pups like this one regularly strand on Irish beaches in winter but rarely with severe injuries
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Wicklow People reports that a six-week-old common seal is being treated for suspected stab wounds after being found in “very shape” by people walking on Arklow’s South Beach yesterday morning (Friday 18 November). The incident is the…

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