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Aerial Survey of Whales Begins
Marine Wildlife
The first ever Air Corps survey of whale and dolphin activity in Irish waters is set to begin today, the Irish Times reports. A survey team accompanied by members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) were scheduled to…
Baby Seal Found at NI Plant Hire Yard
Marine Wildlife
A lost baby seal surprised workers at a plant hire yard in Strabane, Co Tyrone earlier this month, BBC News reports. Staff at WT Hire were put in touch with a seal sanctuary in Newtownards when the pup was discovered…
Erris Seals Back in the Wild
Marine Wildlife
Whitecoat seal pups Snowy and Cecil were finally returned to the wild on Tuesday after their original Saturday release was postponed. The two seals, who were reabilitated by the Irish Seal Sanctuary at Courtown Harbour after being found on the…
Seal Sanctuary Sees Off Latest Releases
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Seal Sanctuary celebrated the release of six grey seal pups from two different locations last weekend. Dustin, Phoenix and Sean were released from Courtown Harbour, while Buddy Holly, Louise and Cookie were put into the water in Ballyferriter,…
New Humpback Whale in Irish Waters
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has reported the sighting of a humpback whale new to Irish waters. Andrew Malcolm of the IWDG along with Martin Colfer spotted the whale just west of Dunmore East - a year after…
Vets Get to Grips With Whale, Dolphin Post-Mortems
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's (IWDG) recent workshop on the post-mortem examination of stranded dolphins and whales is hoped to encourage the building of much needed experience for Ireland's vets. More than 20 veterinarians from across the country…
Fin Whales Captured on Video
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has posted photos and video of last weekend's expedition to research the fin whales spotted near the coast of Co Waterford. SEE VIDEO BELOW The group encountered a number of fin whales…
Marine Wildlife
The cost of removing 33 whales which washed ashore on Rutland Island, Co. Donegal in mid-November is to cost Donegal County Council €10,000, according to a report posted last week in the Donegal Democrat. The pod, which had been observed…
Marine Wildlife
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports that a newborn bottlenose dolphin calf was washed up in Doolin, Co Clare last week (photos here). Measuring 1.2m in length and weighing 21kg, the IWDG said it was "by far…
Marine Wildlife
Last week saw the Irish Seal Sanctuary celebrate the release of Debbie, the first grey seal to receive care at the group's Courtown Harbour facility. Photos of the release in Tramore are available HERE at the Irish Seal Sanctuary's website.…
Marine Wildlife
Rescuers were sadly unable to save an 18ft juvenile minke whale found stranded at Blackwater Pier, near Kenmare, Co Kerry last Friday. The Irish Independent reports that despite the best efforts of local people and the National Parks and Wildlife…
Marine Wildlife
New figures to be released this week point to a whopping 25% increase in whale and dolphin strandings in the UK and Ireland. BBC News reports that data collected by the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) show reported strandings…
Marine Wildlife
A new pontoon intended to refloat beached whales and dolphins along the Atlantic seaboard was demonstrated at the weekend ahead of the Galway Science & Technology Festival. The Irish Times reports that divers, scientists and local volunteers were among those…
Ireland is Home to a Basking Shark Population
Marine Wildlife
Writing in the Irish Times regarding marine animals Lorna Siggins says Irish waters many be home to a large proportion of the world's basking shark population following a conference in Galway that says thousands of the species frequent this coastline.…
Poots Appeals Over Latest NI Seal Deaths
Marine Wildlife
NI environment minister Edwin Poots has appealed to the public for information on marine animals following the suspicious deaths of five seals in Strangford Lough last week. The grim discovery comes only weeks after a wave of fatal corkscrew-like injuries…
Sonar Possible Culprit in Whale Death Tragedy
Marine Wildlife
Sonar activity by Royal Navy submarines may have caused the deaths of up to 35 pilot whales off the coast of Co Donegal at the weekend, an expert has claimed. Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group…

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