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Invasive 'Marine Vomit' Spreading In Galway Bay
#InvasiveSpecies - The invasive Japanese sea squirt - also known as 'marine vomit' - is spreading extensively in the south of Galway Bay, a marine scientist tells The Irish Times. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Japanese sea squirt (Didemnum…
Video Captures Hungry Shark Taking Bite Out Of Boat
#Sharks - The video above shows the terrifying moment when a RIB was literally munched on by a great while shark off the coast of South Africa. As Mail Online reports, the images were captured by a film crew for…
Could Warmer Waters Bring Giant Jellyfish To Ireland's Shores?
#Jellyfish - A giant jellyfish found beached on Dorset's south coast in recent days could be a harbinger of a future invasion of British and Irish waters. ITV News reports on the metre-wide barrel jellyfish, also appropriately known as the…
Dolphins Guard Oceans7 Swimmer From Shark
#MarineWildlife - British long-distance swimmer Adam Walker has told of his lucky escape from a shark attack thanks to a protective pod of dolphins. As the Irish Examiner reports, Walker was swimming 26km across the Cook Strait between New Zealand's…
Dolphin Rescued Twice at Achill Hasn't Been Seen Since
#dolphinstrandings – As Afloat.ie reported earlier, a  County Mayo woman Ina Kruger successfully rescued a stranded dolphin at Easter on Keem beach, Achill. Originally rescued on Easter Sunday, the dolphin returned to the beach where the body of a second dolphin…
Ultimate Fighter Comes To Aid Of Baby Dolphin
#Dolphin - Mixed martial artist Cathal Pendred rushed to the rescue of a stranded baby dolphin at a beach in Co Clare, as BreakingNews.ie reports. The Boston-based Dubliner, who's currently a contestant in reality show The Ultimate Fighter, was pictured…
Dolphin Dream Comes True For 'Miracle' Irish Twins
#Dolphins - Two Irish boys have had the encounter of a lifetime after getting up close with Florida's famous tail-less dolphin Winter. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the formerly conjoined four-year-old twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf travelled to Clearwater…
Happy Easter For One Stranded Dolphin In Achill
#Dolphins - It was a happy Easter for one young dolphin that was rescued from stranding on Achill Island by some quick-thinking coastguard volunteers. As TheJournal.ie reports, the juvenile dolphin was one of two reported stranded on Keem Beach early…
MEP Higgins Calls for Review of Plastic Bag Materials to Protect Marine Environment
The EU should review the materials used in plastic bag manufacture and encourage greater usage of biodegradable carrier bags to prevent further marine environmental damage, according to Jim Higgins MEP, following a vote by the European Parliament on the issue…
Marine Creatures Light Up West Cork Saltwater Lough
#MarineWildlife - "There is no light and I've forgotten my headtorch. The walls close in and within a few seconds we are in total darkness. Something sparkles when I paddle. I put my hand in the water and spin it…
Exploris Aquarium Gets Two More Months Before Stormont Decision On Its Future
#MarineWildlife - BBC News reports that Northern Ireland's Exploris aquarium will remain open for another two months as Ards Borough Council prepares to submit its business plan to save the facility in April. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the popular…
New Atlas Of Irish Mammals Across Land and Water Shows Power Of 'Citizen Science'
#MarinerWildlife - The Irish Times reports on efforts to crowdsource data on Ireland's wildlife from land to sea from Irish 'citizen scientists' in the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland. A project of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, it aims to…
Talks On Whale & Dolphin Monitoring In Belmullet This Thursday
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will be co-hosting an evening of talks on cetacean research at the Belmullet Civic Centre this coming Thursday 27 March. Held in conjunction with the Coastal & Marine Research Centre at…
Doolin's Dolphin Dusty 'More Jumpy' Than She Used To Be
#Dusty - Renewed warnings have been made to the public to keep a wide berth from Doolin's dolphin Dusty as the Irish Examiner reports she's "more jumpy" than usual. Last summer the female bottlenose earned a degree of infamy after…
Lydia The Great White Shark Turns Away From Ireland
#Shark - It could be a while - if ever - before Lydia the great white shark reaches Ireland's shores, as The Irish Times reports that she's turned tail mid-ocean. Last week some marine experts were predicting that the 4.4-metre,…
Ireland's Sea Eagles In Photos From Birth To Death
#MarineWildlife - RTÉ News has posted some of Nigel Beers-Smith's wonderful photographs documenting Ireland's first native white-tailed eagles for over 100 years, one of which was found dead recently in shocking circumstances. As The Irish Times reports, the male white-tailed or…

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!