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Sea Eagle Poisoned In Connemara 'Was About To Lay Eggs'
#MarineWildlife - The remains of a sea eagle – or white-tailed eagle – have been found in Connemara, and experts say the bird was poisoned. RTÉ News reports on the discovery earlier this month of the female eagle, which was…
Irish Research Cited In Experts' Rejection Of Japan Whaling Plan
#MarineWildlife - A research paper produced in a joint project by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) was cited by an expert panel that has struck down Japan's plans to resume whaling…
Dutch Step In To Keep Seal Rescue Centre Open
#MarineWildlife - Courtown's seal sanctuary has been saved from closure after Dutch counterparts stepped in to help fill a key vacancy over maternity leave. As the Wexford People reports, Sonja Ciccaglione has now been seconded as temporary manager of Seal…
Irish Boy's Wish To Train Killer Whale Comes True
#MarineWildlife - Make-A-Wish Ireland brought six-year-old Ondrej Byrtusova's dreams to life when they whisked him and his family away to Florida to train a killer whale, as the Irish Independent reports. Ondrej – who was born with Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome…
Are 'Killer Seals' Feasting In British Waters?
#MarineWildlife - Are 'killer seals' feasting on porpoises off the British coast? Mail Online seems to think so – and presents some shocking evidence. The video above appears to show a grey seal tearing at the flesh of a porpoise…
Akrlow Seal 'Sammy' Rescued Near Rocky Shoreline
#MarineWildlife - On Friday morning (3 April) Arklow RNLI was made aware of a seal apparently caught in fishing gear close to the Arklow Harbour entrance. Two of Arklow RNLI’s team went to the area to ascertain if it was…
Beached Minke Whale Is Furthest Inland Ever Recorded
#MarineWildlife - A minke whale who beached along a river far upstream from Kenmare has been rescued thanks to the timely response of locals. As RTÉ News reports, it's believed that the whale - found some 3km from the Kerry…
New Revelations On Whale Communication
#MarineWildlife - Following yesterday's news that porpoises hunt by 'sound searchlight' comes this similarly remarkable video report from the BBC that reveals a new breakthrough in understanding how cetaceans communicate. Studies by researchers at Washington, DC's Smithsonian Institution have identified…
Lisburn's Resident 'Sealebrity' Lights Up Social Media
#MarineWildlife - Northern Ireland's Exploris aquarium has put out a call to Lisburn locals to help them track down a notorious resident seal who's become somewhat of a landlubber. As Lisburn Today reports, Sammy – as the seal's been named…
Porpoises Hunt By 'Sound Searchlight' Say Researchers
#MarineWildlife - How do whales, dolphins and porpoises hunt for fish? By using 'sound searchlights', according to Danish marine researchers. As BBC News reports, the team of marine scientists at Aarhus University used underwater microphones to study the hunting behaviour…
Strangford's Horse Mussels Threatened By Stormont Inaction Says Audit
#MarineWildlife - Northern Ireland acted too slowly to protect endangered horse mussels in Strangford Lough, according to a new report. The findings by the Northern Ireland Audit Office, as the News Letter reports, have damned Stormont's failure to ensure proper…
'Living the Wildlife' Returns Tonight On RTÉ One
#OnTV - Living the Wildlife returns to our screens tonight (Tuesday 24 March) on RTÉ One with a look at the "dive-bombing" great skuas of Inishark, one of the bounty of species along the Connemara coast. Among those celebrating the…
Harbour Porpoise Could Get New Protected Zone In Northern Ireland
#MarineWildlife - New marine protections for Northern Ireland's waters could provide a further sanctuary for our smallest marine mammal, the harbour porpoise. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the proposed Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) for the area between Belfast Lough and…
First Basking Sharks Of 2015 Spotted Off West Cork
#MarineWildlife - The first basking shark sightings of 2015 were logged earlier this month, as Ireland's Wildlife reports. Bridget Healy spotted two of the ocean's second-largest fish from the shore at Ardfield, near Clonakilty in West Cork last Monday 9…
Marine Wildlife News: Seals Returned To Wild, Dolphin Says Adieu, Irish Sea Life Revealed
#MarineWildlife - Cute by name, cute by nature: Sherkin, Buoy and Splash were returned to the wild after being nursed back to health by the volunteers at Seal Rescue Ireland. As the Irish Examiner reports, the three young seals –…
Woman Dies After Whale Surfaces On Tourist Boat In Mexico
#MarineWildlife - A Canadian woman has died after a grey whale crashed into a tourist boat off Mexico. As the Globe and Mail reports, the 45-year-old woman, who has not been named, was in a vessel with a group of…

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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