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#MarineWildlife - On Monday 7 December, Ireland today joined with a number of other countries in a demarche to the government of Japan about its whaling activities. The demarche expresses “serious concern” at Japan's decision to resume whaling in the…
#Whaling - Japan is set to resume whaling for minke whales off Antarctica in the new year in spite of a ruling by the International Court of Justice banning such activity. According to BBC News, Japan says it has taken the…
#MarineWildlife - Airborne drones will soon be used to patrol stretches of the Australian coast popular with Irish emigrants and holidaymakers that have seen numerous great white shark attacks over recent months. According to BBC News, the New South Wales…
#MarineWildlife - Two pilot whales suffocated after getting fish stuck in their blowholes – the first known record of such happenings since in over 400 years. According to New Scientist, both whales met their end a year ago while their…

Some very happy guests from Ireland enjoying the whales on board Blu Dolphin. This whale is putting on a great pec slapping show. #whalesherveybay #visitfrasercoast still plenty of room available tomorrow.

Posted by Blue Dolphin Marine Tours on Wednesday, 14 October 2015
#MarineWildlife - A Dublin couple on a whale-watching tour off Queensland recently had to content with an attention-seeking humpback whale as they posed for a photo, as the Irish Post reports. But the holidaying pair Declan and Mandy O’Donoghue seemed…
#ORCAoceanWatch - A marine mammal conservation initiative that took place in the summer, supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, proved a huge success in its first year. The Steam Packet Company was one of 13 ferry, cruise,…
Sightings of juvenile minke whales off Scotland’s west coast increased in 2015 to the highest ever recorded within a survey season, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – indicating either a significant increase in…
#MarineWildlife - A seal pup was lunch for a killer whale that's been attracting onlookers to Wales' Irish Sea coast in recent days. As the Carmarthen Journal reports, the orca was first sighted of Mwnt, north of Cardigan, over the…
#MarineWildlife - The humpback whale known as Boomerang is back – and this time he may have found a mate, according to The Irish Times. Last spotted almost exactly a year ago off the south coast at the Cork-Waterford border,…
#MarineWildlife - Seals are not threatening commercial fishing stocks in Irish waters, with the possible exception of wild Atlantic salmon, according to new research led by Queen's University Belfast. The findings show that seals are having no significant impact on…
#MarineWildlife - Bioluminescent wildlife off Dingle and Ventry has attracted hundreds of onlookers in recent days to see the phenomenon known as 'sea sparkle'. According to TheJournal.ie, the mesmerising clouds of tiny lights in the water are the result of…
#Coastwatch - There's still a week left for Coastwatch volunteers to participate in the annual Coastwatch Survey for 2015, which this year has a special focus on the new Dublin Bay Biosphere. Since 15 September volunteers have taken on one…
#Whales&Dolphins - The first ever ORCA OceanWatch Week saw crews’ record sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises on commercial ships, ferries and naval vessels leaving Portsmouth and other UK ports. Those involved had been trained by experts at ORCA, the…
#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…

Another clip of the humpback encounters we are having drifting on the tide off #Baltimore and the Islands in #WestCork

Posted by Whale Watch West Cork on Thursday, 24 September 2015
#MarineWildlife - Whale Watch West Cork have shared this incredible video of one of a humpback whale breaching off Baltimore this week. The whale is one of three of the ocean giants seen feeding off Baltimore and nearby islands in…
#MarineWildlife - The Causeway Coast is fast becoming a mecca for dolphins – and dolphin watchers, as the News Letter reports. Now regularly spotted from the mainland between Ballycastle and Lough Foyle, the dolphins – which may number as many…

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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