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Leon The Loggerhead Returns To The Wild This Sunday
#MarineWildlife - The Clare Herald reports that a loggerhead turtle who stranded on a beach near Quilty in November year will soon be fit for release back into the sea. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Leon the loggerhead – named…
Dolphin Visitor Spotted Off Kerry Near Fungie's Waters
#MarineWildlife - Clet the dolphin, previously spotted in West Cork after migrating across the Celtic Sea from France, has moved to the waters off Kerry in close proximity to Dingle's friendly resident Fungie. As previously covered on Afloat.ie, the Irish…
Dolphins Rescued From Shallows By Kerry Fishermen
#MarineWildlife - Local fishermen came to the aid of what reports describe as as many as 70 dolphins who got themselves stuck in the shallows at a beach in Co Kerry. According to Independent.ie, the three fishermen – Edward Moore,…
Giant 'Shrimp' Pulled From Florida Waters
#MarineWildlife - Some Florida fishermen got a little more than they bargained for while night fishing off the state's east coast this week, when one pulled what appears to be an 18-inch shrimp from the water. As The Weather Channel…
Inishowen's Whales & Dolphins Focus Of Family Day This Saturday
#MarineWildlife - Lough Foyle area environmental group Celebrate Water is organising a family afternoon to highlight the wealth of marine wildlife off the Inishowen Peninsula this Saturday 6 September. As the Derry Journal reports, the day will see Greencastle's coastguard…
Take A Trip Into Fungie's World With Dingle's Resident Dolphin
#MarineWildlife - Thanks to the Daily Edge for highlighting this wonderful video of probably Ireland's favourite dolphin, posted by longtime Fungie fan Jeannine Massett. The 15-minute short captures the friendly bottlenose in his more relaxed moods, clicking and whistling at…
Rare Albino Dolphin Spotted In European Waters
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Mirror reports on marine researchers' extraordinary find of an albino bottlenose dolphin in the waters between Italy and Croatia. Albus, as he has been named by the scientists, is one of only 20 known albino dolphins…
IWDG Proposes Seismic Survey Restrictions To Protect Migrating Whales
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has proposed a restriction of seismic survey activity on the slopes of the Irish continental shelf and the Porcupine Seablight. The IWDG says its move "stems from an increasing body of…
Whale Poo Could Be Key To Combating Climate Change
#MarineWildlife - "What if whales were nature's ultimate geoengineers?" That's the question Philip Hoare poses on the Guardian's Comment Is Free section upon the news that US scientists have identified cetacean waste as a potentially pivotal link in the climate…
Whale Watch Ireland 2014: The Results Are In
#MarineWildlife - Though the 'washout' weather decreased numbers attending this year's Whale Watch Ireland last Sunday 24 August, nearly half of all events that went ahead reported sightings – with two-thirds of these seeing cetaceans. Sadly there were no whales…
Dolphin Killed By Plastic Beer Can Ring
#MarineWildlife - A juvenile dolphin has died in West Cork after getting its beak caught in a discarded plastic ring from a multipack of beer cans, as the Irish Independent reports. Locals were shocked to find the common dolphin in…
Hundreds Brave The Elements For 'Washout' Whale Watch Ireland
#MarineWildlife - Though the weekend's miserable wintry weather made this year's Whale Watch Ireland something of a 'washout', according to TheJournal.ie, for those who did turn out there was a good chance of seeing some of our bountiful marine wildlife…
BBC Crew Film Humpback Whale Off Skelligs
#MarineWildlife - Ireland is "one of the best locations on the northern hemisphere" to film marine wildlife in action, according to RTÉ News. The statement comes from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's (IWDG) Pádraig Whooley, who recently returned from…
Whale Watch Ireland Is Coming This Sunday
#WhaleWatch - All are are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of its 20 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast this Sunday 24 August for Whale Watch Ireland 2014. The purpose…
Surfing Pig Is Making Big Waves
#MarineWildlife - If last week's video of a surfing seal wasn't extraordinary enough, how about this clip of a pig riding the waves in Hawaii? As the Irish Mirror reports, Kama the pig has gone surfing with his owner Kai…
Girl Suffers Severe Reaction To Man O'War Sting In West Cork
#Jellyfish - West Cork on Thursday (7 August) saw a young girl treated for a severe allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The Irish Examiner has more on the story of the girl aged between…

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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