Strandings Update27th Feb 2018
2017 had an unusually high number of strandings in Ireland with 263 recorded, way up on previous years. However, as we come to the end of February, a quick look at the records shows a huge increase already this year. In last years 'record' year, 67 strandings were recorded in the first two months of the year. In 2018, that figure rose by 30% up to 86!!! Most of the increase is due to the deaths of common dolphins, up by a massive 63% compared to last years record high numbers - rising from 35 in Jan/Feb 2017 to 57 in Jan/Feb 2018. To put this in some perspective, 10 years ago, it would have been normal to have c.25 strandings by the end of February, of which 3 would have been common dolphins. So what has happened to explain why we are finding TWENTY TIMES MORE dead common dolphins on our beaches compared to ten years ago??