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Angel sharks are among the species believed to use the nursery hidden under Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay is a “major nursery” for sharks and rays in Irish waters, says a local marine wildlife expert. And Kevin Flannery insists the important breeding ground for the likes of angel sharks and porbeagle sharks needs protection. Marine biologist…
Orca Whales in Strangford Lough - Robbie Gilmore also saw them ten years earlier as a schoolboy
As sailors, if we want to preserve our playgrounds, or at least slow their destruction, we have to talk to others writes Strangford Lough's Robbie Gilmore While I was at school, I gave a speech about a voyage my Dad…
One of the humpback whales spotted on the IWDG’s Iceland expedition in May 2018
A new hour-long documentary following the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on a unique research expedition to the Arctic Circle is now available to rent and watch on demand. On The Trail Of The Humpback Whale tells the story…
Pilot whale jumps for joy? Maybe so, but try to imagine this in the confines of Baltimore Harbour, when Albert in his prime would have weighed three tons
Whales, dolphins and porpoises hold a very special place in people’s hearts and minds. It may be a very long time since our shared mammalian ancestors went their respective ways, but when we get anywhere near “the cousins” in their…
Orca Killer Whales Spotted in Strangford Lough (VIDEO)
A pod of orcas or killer whales caused great excitement in Strangford Lough, County Down yesterday. As reported by BBC News NI, local skipper Richard Connor from Causeway Boats said that it may be unusual but not unheard of. It…
The private estate on Lambay Island has hosted a colony of red-necked wallabies since the 1950s
The Irish Mirror reports on the discovery of a dead wallaby on Malahide Strand in north Co Dublin earlier this week. It’s believed the animal died after falling off a cliff on Lambay Island, which has had a colony of…
Basking sharks feeding off Kilkee in Co Clare
How many basking sharks have reclaimed the waters off the South and West Coasts? “We don’t really know” is the honest answer from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. But after a video of surfers in a close encounter with…
The great Dingle dolphin Fungie in flying form – his many friends worldwide are concerned that their waterborne rockstar is becoming gloomy in his enforced isolation
There’s concern in West Kerry and worldwide among his fans and friends that Fungie the Dingle Dolphin is becoming depressed. He is being made gloomy by the lack of company and an audience for his usual summer season starring role,…
One of the basking sharks filmed by surfers off Co Clare at the weekend
A surfing quartet got up close with a school of basking sharks off Co Clare at the weekend, as the Irish Examiner reports. The surfers had brought a GoPro camera to video their wave-riding exploits, which came in handy to…
Humpback whale number HBIRL55 spotted off the Kerry coast
Nearly half of all humpback whales identified in Irish waters have been spotted off the coast of Co Kerry. That’s according to new figures from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), which also reveal that nearly 100 of the…
File image of Cork Lough
Turtles spotted basking in Cork City’s Lough have raised concerns over the balance of its fragile ecosystem, as the Irish Examiner reports. The seven amphibians, which could be freshwater terrapins, are believed to have been unwanted pets released into the…
A screengrab of the dolphins on Belfast Lough. see vid below
People may not be able to go to sea at present due to the Government restrictions but dolphins and porpoises clearly can’t read and so we are seeing reports of their activity in Belfast Lough. Recent sightings include about eight…
Rescuers help carry the stricken dolphin off the sands of Killahoey Beach
Two gardaí teamed up with local coastguard volunteers to help refloat a beached dolphin in Co Donegal yesterday (Monday 13 April). The Garda Review Twitter account shared video of the remarkable rescue at Killahoey Beach as the small group of…
Cloudberry was nursed to full health after 10 weeks in the care of the Courtown sanctuary
Seal Rescue Ireland has shared videos from its latest releases of seals nursed back to health at the Courtown marine wildlife sanctuary. Honeysuckle and Clover’s return to the wild last Thursday (9 April) follows the release of Edelweiss and Hibiscus…
A clownfish and a passing motorboat overhead
Everyone who has ever seen the Pixar film Finding Nemo knows what a clownfish looks like, but a new study gives some alarming insight into their response to human behaviour. A study by international scientists on the impact of motorboat…
Join Irish Whale & Dolphin Group On Facebook Live For ‘Flukey Friday’
A new home education initiative from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group goes live on social media this morning (Friday 3 April) with its latest edition. Join Sibéal Regan, Simon Berrow, and other marine mammal experts from 11am for Flukey Friday…

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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