2009

Happy Christmas to our supporters

The IWDG wishes all our members and supporters a Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.It has been another successful year for the IWDG which has ...

24th Dec 2009

Superb Christmas whale activity in West Cork

Report III, 22/12/09.IWDG have validated large whale activity (mostly fin whales) on seven consecutive days 16th-22nd December, in West Cork, which s...

22nd Dec 2009

Killer Thriller off Galley Head, West Cork...UPDATE

Report II, 20/12/09.All the reports arriving at IWDG from local sea watchers are suggesting strongly that the large whale activity is now centred on ...

20th Dec 2009

Huge aggregation of bottlenose dolphins in Lough Swilly

Emmett Johnston, NPWS has just reported an unusually large aggregation of c150+ bottlenose dolphins in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal heading south past Fo...

15th Dec 2009

IWDG Christmas Gifts

Here is a seasonal reminder that IWDG has a range of merchandise available for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers....ideal for anyone with an intere...

13th Dec 2009

Log: FSS Deepwater Survey 2009

Survey Ended: FSS Deepwater Survey 2009Area: Shelf & Porcupine Slopes.Agency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer_________________________________...

13th Dec 2009

2nd Loggerhead turtle washes up in West Cork..2nd UPDATE

Report III, Lahinch 12/12/09.Unfortuately the loggerhead turtle found stranded alive at Doonbeg, Co Clare has died. Burren Vet John Underhill examined...

12th Dec 2009

Pygmy sperm whale strands in County Waterford

The reports coming through to the IWDG over the last couple of days of a live stranding whale or dolphin species in Dungarvan had caused some confusio...

11th Dec 2009

Large Whales Return to Continental Shelf Slopes

During a survey along the slopes of the Irish Continental slopes, large baleen whales were encountered in frequent groups off the Northwest Coast. In ...

5th Dec 2009

Fin whales back inshore in east Cork....UPDATE

Report IV, 03/12/09.Regular observer, Herman Baily who lives on Power head, near Roche's point, Cork has not only observed 4-6 fin whales today, but ...

3rd Dec 2009

First IWDG Winter Weekend

Braving some truly biting northeasterly winds and moderate to poor sea conditions, hardy IWDG members gathered in Rosscarbery, West Cork for our inaug...

1st Dec 2009

Second pilot whale washes up in Wexford

A 5.1m long finned pilot whale Globicephala melas washed up on Dollar Bay, 2 km south of Duncannon on Sunday, 22 November 2009. This is the second str...

22nd Nov 2009

Science fair in Sligo I.T.

IWDG will be doing a talk and manning a stand at the Science Fair in Sligo I.T. this Sunday (8 November) from 12 noon.If you're in the area, why not p...

5th Nov 2009

NPWS Cetacean Action Plan for Public Consultation

The NPWS Cetacean Action Plan is now available for public consultation. Please make your opinions known to the NPWS on this very important plan.The N...

28th Oct 2009

Log: SW Herring Acoustic Survey 2009

Survey Ended: FSS Celtic Sea Acoustic Survey 2009Area: South and Southwest Shelf.Agency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer______________________...

27th Oct 2009

Got Baleen?

I have just started a PhD project on the feeding ecology and migration of baleen whales in Irish waters at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, under ...

22nd Oct 2009

Daily offshore survey reports by Dave Wall..Updated

Survey: FSS Celtic Sea Acoustic Survey 2009Area: South and Southwest Shelf.Agency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer____________________________...

21st Oct 2009

25 years of the Conamara Sea Week

This year the Conamara Sea Week celebrates 25 years. the IWDG have been involved since the early 1990's and the event has acted as an inspiration to ...

11th Oct 2009

Whale Watching superb off Cork/Kerry region....UPDATE

Report II, 09/10/09.The flow of sightings in recent days leaves little doubt other than the core area of large whale activity, namely fin whales, rem...

9th Oct 2009

A great day for Irish Humpback whale research..UPDATE

Report IV, 05/10/09.Just talking to Nick Massett, in Kerry this morning (5/10/09) while he was watching the humpback whale #HBIRL10 (above) from Sle...

4th Oct 2009

1st Sei Whale Sighting Validated by IWDG in Irish Waters

After a flurry of emailing of images among colleagues both at home and overseas, IWDG are delighted to confirm the 1st sei whale sighting (not subsequ...

26th Sep 2009

Large whale season kicks into gear along south coast.

The 2009/10 fin & humpback whale season seems to have commenced with fin whale sighting reports from several inshore Cork locations and humpback whale...

22nd Sep 2009

Reward for drifting basking shark tag: IMAGE ATTACHED

There is a £200 (Sterling) reward for anyone who finds a basking shark tag thought to be washed up in County Dublin or Wicklow.Our colleagues in the ...

19th Sep 2009

Minke whale strands in Killala Bay, Sligo

An adult minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which appears to have drowned following entanglement in ropes, washed ashore today 16/09/09 at Inishc...

16th Sep 2009

IWDG feature on RTE news and radio

The IWDG were featured on RTE News and Seascapes on RTE Radio 1 yesterday regarding the recent cetacean strandings in Ireland.The IWDG in partnership...

12th Sep 2009

Irish Mackerel Fishery Gains MSC Certification

Irish Pelagic Sustainability Group (IPSG) have recently been awarded the Marine Stewardship Council Certification for its Western mackerel pelagic tr...

8th Sep 2009

Largest Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Recorded in Irish Waters

During a rare respite in the weather (during dinner time, of course!) the Cetaceans on the Frontier research team (see http://www.iwdg.ie/ShipSurveys/...

3rd Sep 2009

Log: Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey 2009

Survey Ended: Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey 2009Area: Porcupine Bank & NW Shelf Slopes.Agency: IWDG/GMIT/Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer___...

31st Aug 2009

Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey 2009 UPDATED 29 August

Follow the daily blog on:http://www.iwdg.ie/ShipSurveys/?id=68A research team of 12 men and six women are heading out to the edge of the continental s...

29th Aug 2009

Northern bottlenose whales live- strand in Bantry

Update 29/08/09The second Northern bottlenose whale, a 5.8m male animal has unfortunately now also been found dead, stranded at Whiddy Island.Bantry w...

29th Aug 2009

Rare sighting of Northern Bottlenose whales...in N. Irl

IWDG have received a sighting report with supporting video clips taken on a mobile phone which confirm a group of three Northern bottlenose whales off...

26th Aug 2009

Whale Watch Ireland 2009 Results

The IWDG delivered the 8th All-Ireland, Whale Watch Day, on Sun 23rd August 2009 with free guided land-based whale watches at 15 watch sites around th...

25th Aug 2009

Live stranded dolphins in Kerry and Louth !

Early yesterday morning Peggy Fitzgerald from Cloghane in North Kerry phoned up the IWDG to report that a dolphin had recently been refloated by her s...

15th Aug 2009

100th Basking Shark tagged this season

A 7m basking shark was tagged off the Blasket Islands, Co Kerry on Sunday 9 August. This was the 100th shark tagged this season, an astonishing succes...

11th Aug 2009

IWDG at Portrush marine days

The IWDG stall will be present at the Coastal Zone Portrush for the next 3 days. A great opportunity to find out more about the Groups work in general...

6th Aug 2009

Pilot whales mass strand in Kerry 03/08/09..UPDATE!

Report 9, 3 August 2009 @ 12:30There have been no sightings of the pilot whales so far today. IWDG personnel and National Parks and Wildlife Service r...

3rd Aug 2009

Irish Risso's Dolphins Matched to the Isle of Man?

The IWDG has recently expanded it's photo ID catalogue to include Risso's dolphins. These are an enigmatic pelagic dolphin species that appear to mov...

31st Jul 2009

Unusual mortalities of Kerry bottlenose UPDATE

UPDATE 28 July 2009 There have been no more reports of dead bottlenose dolphins in Tralee Bay. Kerry Co. Co. received a report yesterday (27 July) of ...

28th Jul 2009

Live stranding in Skerries, Co. Dublin

On 21 July a common dolphin Delphinus delphis live stranded at Skerries, Co. Dublin. Johnny Woodlock takes up the story....."It might have looked like...

28th Jul 2009

Cape Clear course participants well rewarded

The weather wasn't ideal for the 2nd IWDG weekend summer whale watching course on Cape Clear, Co. Cork, but those who stayed with the plan were well v...

27th Jul 2009

Killer whale sightings produce a Scottish link...UPDATE

Report Update 20/07/09Laura Mandleberg, Sightings Officer of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust reports that the "West Coast" community group of 5 kill...

21st Jul 2009

First satellite tags deployed on Basking Sharks in Ireland

The first satellite tags ever to be deployed on basking sharks in Ireland was achieved this week. Two Wildlife Computers MK10 Archival tags were depl...

18th Jul 2009

Another milestone for data recording in Ireland

IWDG received it's 2000th stranding record yesterday, of a Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus at Melmore Head, Co. Donegal on the 29 June 2009. The dolph...

18th Jul 2009

Fin whales returning to Irish south coast.

Two confirmed sighting reports from Dr Peter Tyndal, BIM in offshore International waters and Colin Barnes from offshore West Cork, both confirm that ...

17th Jul 2009

Blue whales commonly sighted off south-east Sri Lanka

Between 08 October 2008 and 13 April 2009, Mirissa Water Sports had 108 whale watching expeditions, during which Blue whales were encountered 71 per c...

10th Jul 2009

Korea and Japan have growing whale ‘bycatch’ markets

Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of ...

3rd Jul 2009

Nearly a third of whales killed by Japan in the Antarctic were pregnant

Of 679 whales reported to have been killed during the 2008-2009 whale hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. Four of the female whales were lactating, a...

3rd Jul 2009

Basking shark births witnessed for the first time

Snorkellers have witnessed basking shark behaviour never before seen anywhere in the world. Up to five basking shark pups have been born to two female...

3rd Jul 2009

Record number of sightings in June 2009

A combination of very settled weather in June 2009 and a 3rd successive "big" basking shark season have combined to produce a record number of combine...

2nd Jul 2009

Autopsy of Courtmacsherry Fin Whale on Channel 4

The post-mortem of the fin whale stranded in Courtmacsherry Bay in January 2009 will be shown on Channel 4 in a new series starting this week.The prog...

29th Jun 2009

Fate of Whales Depends on Obama: Conservationists

Conservationists are looking to the United States to help re-establish the authority of the International Whaling Commission after IWC delegates this ...

29th Jun 2009

6 beaked whales strand in Azores

During the last two weeks a total of 6 beaked whales stranded on São Miguel Island, Azores. Of these 6 two were dead and 4 stranded alive and returne...

28th Jun 2009

Norway suspends whaling due to lack of demand

Norwegian whalers have announced that they have suspended their whale season half way through their usual whaling season after killing around 350 Mink...

26th Jun 2009

Whale watching industry worth $2.1 billion in 2008 – Growing fast

The global whale watching industry has experienced massive growth over the past decade, according to a report released by the International Fund for A...

26th Jun 2009

Nations Fail To Reach Compromise At Whaling Talks

The International Whaling Commission failed to find a compromise between whaling and anti-whaling nations on Wednesday in a serious blow to its author...

25th Jun 2009

Whale-watching 'worth billions'

Whale watching generates far more money than whale hunting, according to a report released at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting here....

23rd Jun 2009

First humpback of the year has a near escape.

Just days after the first fin whale sighting of the season, RNLI crews successfully free a humpback whale entangled in lobster pot lines of Hook Head,...

22nd Jun 2009

Log: NUIG Climate Change Survey

Survey Ended: NUIG Climate Change SurveyArea: Porcupine Bank & Seabight.Agency: NUI Galway / Marine InstituteShip: Celtic ExplorerObserver: Dave Wal...

22nd Jun 2009

Dublin produces the 1st fin whale of 2009 season..UPDATE

Report 11, 19/06/09 We've just received our 2nd fin whale report now, albeit from offshore waters along the western slopes of the Porcupine Bank, wher...

19th Jun 2009

33,000 sharks, 2000 dolphins & 2000 turtles killed to boost beach tourism in South Africa

It is difficult to believe in this day in age, with all that we know about sharks' plummeting populations, their critical role in ocean ecosystems and...

19th Jun 2009

Mekong dolphins on the brink of extinction

Pollution in the Mekong River has pushed the local population of Irrawaddy dolphins to the brink of extinction, according to a new WWF report. Wildlif...

19th Jun 2009

Huge government subsidies for Norway & Japan whaling industries

The governments of Norway and Japan are using their taxpayers' money to subsidize their unprofitable whaling industries, according to a first-time ana...

19th Jun 2009

Iceland urged to call off slaughter of endangered whales

As the first of Iceland's whaling ships reportedly heads to sea in an attempt to harpoon up to 150 endangered fin whales, the International Fund for A...

19th Jun 2009

Denmark requests a quota of 50 Humpback whales for ‘subsistence whaling’

Denmark has requested a quota for Greenland to kill 50 humpback whales off the coast of West Greenland under the banner of "aboriginal subsistence wha...

19th Jun 2009

Big Oil still refusing to act to save some of world’s rarest whales

Oil and gas exploration by energy giants Exxon, BP and Rosneft is seriously threatening one of the world's most critically endangered whales, accordin...

19th Jun 2009

IWDG Courses available in Co Clare

Two one-day courses are available at the end of June in Kilush, Co Clare. On 27 June an Identification and Recording Course is followed on 28 June by ...

17th Jun 2009

Naval exercises could have stranded dolphins, says report.

Naval exercises could have contributed to the mass stranding of 26 dolphins on the Cornish coast a year ago, a scientific report found today.The pod o...

17th Jun 2009

East coast bottlenose dolphins on tour

The IWDG cetacean sighting scheme has successfully tracked the movement of a pod of bottlenose dolphins as they travelled southwards along the Irish e...

16th Jun 2009

Australia To Oppose Japan Coastal Whaling Plan

An International Whaling Commission (IWC) panel is seeking an agreement at its annual meeting next week to allow Japan to hunt minke whales off its co...

16th Jun 2009

Results of 1st IWDG weekend Cape Clear course 2009

Last weekend 5-7th June saw the 1st of the IWDG's summer 2009 weekend whale-watching courses on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork. It was attended by 15 par...

8th Jun 2009

Blue whale discovered singing in New York coastal waters for the first time

Blue whales have been recorded singing in New York coastal waters for the very first time. The voice of a singing blue whale was tracked about 70 mile...

5th Jun 2009

Ships to avoid key feeding zones for North Atlantic right whales

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston are implemented. Bo...

5th Jun 2009

55 False Killer Whales Die After Mass Beaching In South Africa

At least 55 whales stranded on a beach near Cape Town were put down or died after rescue teams failed to return them to the ocean, a sea rescue instit...

1st Jun 2009

Treatment, euthanasia, post-mortem examination and disposal of stranded cetaceans, Sat. 6th June.

The IWDG and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in collaboration with Veterinary Ireland are organising a seminar on the post-mortem examination ...

28th May 2009

Minke whale off Howth Head, Dublin

On 25th May we received a report of a sighting of a whale off Ireland's Eye, Co. Dublin on Sunday between 12:00-13:30 from Eamon Mc Grattan. Along wit...

26th May 2009

Welcome to the IWDG's website..Update

For those of you who have just seen RTE's "Living the Wildlife" whale programme and are new to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and our website, you ...

20th May 2009

Log: NUIG Coralfish ROV Survey

Survey Ended: Coralfish ROV SurveyArea: Shelf Edge, Porcupine Seabight & Biscay.Agency: NUI Galway / Marine InstituteShip: Celtic ExplorerObserver: ...

18th May 2009

Blue whales re-establishing former migration patterns on USA’s West Coast

Scientists have documented the first known migration of blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska ...

15th May 2009

Scotland’s whales at risk from military exercises

The safety of western Scotland's whales and dolphins has been called into question following an incident involving naval sonar. This took place during...

15th May 2009

Greek Dolphins To Disappear Without Urgent Steps - Groups

Common dolphins, once a frequent sight in the Mediterranean, may soon be extinct in Greece's Ionian Sea due to overfishing, environmentalists warned o...

14th May 2009

Superb run of sightings off Blasket Islands...Update

Report II: Update 13/05/09, 11:45amWe learned this morning from our colleague Joanne O' Brien, (GMIT & IWDG) who was talking to Eddie Moore a local bo...

13th May 2009

Ship Surveys News - Offshore Reports

You can track the very latest offshore cetacean sightings under the IWDG's PReCAST project by clicking the "Offshore Survey Daily Reports" icon on the...

11th May 2009

Lost and abandoned fishing nets, crab pots and marine debris killing marine wildlife and choking the oceans.

Large amounts of fishing gear lost at sea or abandoned by fishers are hurting the marine environment, impacting fish stocks through "ghost fishing" an...

8th May 2009

Unusual stranding Pattern for 2009

Although the total number of strandings to date is down on previous years, there is a marked increase in more unusual species....

7th May 2009

IWDG Return to the Cape Verdes

This 3rd IWDG visit to the Cape Verdes to carry out photo-identification on the winter breeding grounds of the Eastern North Atlantic humpback whale...

27th Apr 2009

Bottlenose dolphins off Loop Head, Co. Clare

Two groups of bottlenose dolphins totalling 13 individuals were observed off Loop Head yesterday during monitoring watches.Immediately after conductin...

24th Apr 2009

Bryde’s whale found dead after ship strike in the Gulf

A dead whale, identified as a Bryde's whale, has been recovered by a combined team of Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Critical National Infras...

24th Apr 2009

BP & Exxon ignore pleas to help worlds most endangered whales

BP and Exxon have continued ignoring requests to join consultations with an international scientific panel to work to protect the world's most endange...

24th Apr 2009

New research reveals extraordinary habits of rare Australian Snubfin dolphin

A preliminary study on Australia's mysterious snubfin dolphin, only discovered near Townsville as recently as 2005, has given researchers new insight ...

24th Apr 2009

Bottlenose dolphins in Seapoint, Co Dublin

Up to 13 bottlenose dolphins were observed chasing fish in to Seapoint Bay this morning, giving watchers a great display of aerial acrobatics. Liz and...

21st Apr 2009

Log: LE Emer April 2009 Patrol

Survey Ended: LE Emer - April 2009 PatrolArea: South and East CoastsAgency: Irish Naval ServiceShip: LE EmerObserver: Dave Wall______________________...

17th Apr 2009

First Basking shark of 2009 recorded

The 1st Basking shark of 2009 was sighted over the Easter holiday in Ventry, Co. Kerry....

14th Apr 2009

Marine Protected Areas woefully inadequate for whales and dolphins

The creation of a worldwide web, or network, of protected areas is urgently needed for the protection of whales, dolphins and the places important to ...

13th Apr 2009

Disorientated porpoise is sent back to sea

A DISORIENTATED little porpoise had to be rescued from Derbyhaven beach, Isle of Mann where it was stranded this (Tuesday) morning. iomtoday...

7th Apr 2009

Dead Sperm whale in offshore waters

This dead adult male sperm whale was photographed by Airman Pat Reilly, 105 Squadron about 170 miles West of Loop Head, West Coast. Its appearance ...

1st Apr 2009

Cape Cod Sees Rare Large Gathering Of Right Whales

Nearly a quarter of the world's population of North Atlantic right whales, one of the most endangered species on earth, have gathered off Cape Cod in ...

30th Mar 2009

IWDG Baja, Mexico Trip Summary 28 Feb-15 Mar.

On Sat 28th February 14 IWDG members were met at Dublin airport by Faith Wilson and Pádraig Whooley for the trip of a lifetime to the Baja Peninsula,...

25th Mar 2009

Cetacean ID course 16th May, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

A one day cetacean identification and survey skills day is being held at Whitehead on Saturday 16th May.The day will consist of an indoor morning sess...

22nd Mar 2009

Proceedings of Muc Mhara: Ireland's smallest whale available

Conference proceedings from the 2nd International IWDG conference on muc mhara, the harbour porpoise are available....

21st Mar 2009

Rare beaked whale stranding in Co. Sligo

Strandhill, Co. Sligo was the scene today for one of Ireland's rarer cetacean strandings - a True's beaked whale Mesoplodon mirus. The animal was repo...

20th Mar 2009

One third of all leatherback deaths linked to plastic

eatherback turtles survived the extinction of the dinosaurs; in fact they are descendants of one of the oldest family trees in history, spanning 100 m...

20th Mar 2009

A huge whale has been successfully sedated for the first time to free it from fishing gear

For the first time ever, a large whale, a North Atlantic right whale that had been severely entangled in fishing gear, has been sedated in order to ma...

20th Mar 2009

Another mass whale stranding in Australia

Following on from 2 recent mass stranding in Tasmania, some 80 false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins have stranded in Hamelin Bay, south-west of...

20th Mar 2009

Des Mills. Rest in Peace.

With much sadness we learned last week of the untimely passing of Des Mills, Bunagee, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Des was a life long supporter of the IW...

19th Mar 2009

Humpback Whale Spotted In Hong Kong Waters

A large humpback whale has been spotted swimming close to Hong Kong's famous harbor in what's believed to be the first sighting of the species in the ...

19th Mar 2009

IWDG publish paper on harbour porpoise surveys

A new IWDG/GMIT paper on abundance estimates and acoustic monitoring has recently been published by the Royal Irish Academy.The paper describes a surv...

18th Mar 2009

Striped Dolphin refloated on Achill Island-UPDATE

The striped dolphin refloated by the Achill Lifeboat yesterday has restranded and died on Keem Strand, Achill Island....

14th Mar 2009

Anti-whaling groups unite against plan to undermine international ban on commercial whaling

Twenty-six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from around the world have united to issue a call to governments asking them to oppose a deal that co...

13th Mar 2009

Fin whales still off Waterford/Cork coast....Update

Report III. 10/03/09 19:00Since the early days of March hadn't allowed any watches it was only today that I managed my first 'effort' watch of the mon...

10th Mar 2009

Refloat of live stranded porpoise – Portstewart, Co Derry

On 9 March, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's Coastal Zone centre received a call alerting staff to a highly peculiar live stranding at Portst...

10th Mar 2009

Yet another mass whale stranding on Tasmania

One of the biggest mass strandings in Australia has occurred off Tasmania; 192 pilot whales and some dolphins beached on King Island. Wildlife Extra...

6th Mar 2009

IWDG at the Allianz Dublin Boatshow, RDS

The IWDG have just attended our 3rd consecutive Dublin Boatshow at the RDS Simmonscourt to promote cetacean conservation and recording schemes among t...

24th Feb 2009

Iceland To Allow Whaling In 2009

Icelandic fishermen will be allowed to catch 100 minke whales and 150 fin whales during 2009, a decision that will upset environmental groups and many...

19th Feb 2009

Oil spill expected to hit south coast in 16 days

Up to 1000 tonnes of oil spilled off the west Cork coast by two Russian naval vessels on Saturday is expected to hit the South east coast of Ireland i...

17th Feb 2009

IWDG Annual Report 2008

The IWDG had a very busy year during 2008. A summary of our achievements is contained within the Annual ReportFor a copy of the report see Download th...

15th Feb 2009

Fin whales still off the Irish South coast

Yes, it's late in the season, but there is still whale watching potential off East Cork and Waterford coast.The big whales have left clearly left West...

15th Feb 2009

Log: MI Oceanographic Survey 2009

Survey Ended: MI Oceanographic Survey 2009Area: Rockall Trough, Porcupine BankAgency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic ExplorerObserver: Dave Wall_______...

14th Feb 2009

Sea Shepherd leaves Antarctica

The Sea Shepherd ship the Steve Irwin and her crew have withdrawn from the Japanese whaling fleet to begin preparations to return with a faster and lo...

13th Feb 2009

Why Biopsy Whales ?

The IWDG successfully obtained tissue samples from fin and humpback whales this year. This work is part of the ongoing Large Whale Survey, which start...

10th Feb 2009

Dolphins rescued off Philippines

Fishermen in the Philippines have rescued about 200 melon-headed whales which became stranded in shallow waters near Manila. BBC...

10th Feb 2009

IWDG receive 13,000th validated sighting

Despite it being a relatively quiet time of year with few people venturing out to the clifftops, thereis still a steady trickle of sightings being rep...

9th Feb 2009

Killer whales off Dursey Island

The most interesting sighting of the weekend was of an adult pair of killer whales that stayed around Dursey Island, West Cork throughout the weekend....

8th Feb 2009

Pregnant Fossil Shows How Early Whales Evolved

The fetal remains, found with the 47.5 million-year-old pregnant female, were positioned head down, suggesting these creatures gave birth on land, whi...

5th Feb 2009

Another Fin Whale Stranding...this time in Co. Wexford

Report 2, Wed. 4th Feb 2009 12:00Tony Murray, NPWS conservation ranger has measured the whale at between 15-17m, which would put it within the 50-60ft...

4th Feb 2009

Potential of Donegal Bay as an SAC for Bottlenose Dolphins

Under the EU Habitats Directive, Member States are required to provide strict protection to all species of cetacean (all on Annex IV) within the Irish...

2nd Feb 2009

Log: LE Niamh January Patrol

Survey Ended: January PatrolArea: East, South, Southwest and West CoastsAgency: Naval ServiceShip: L.E. NiamhObserver: Dave Wall_____________________...

31st Jan 2009

New equipment for assessing survival chances of live stranded cetaceans

New equipment which tests hearing loss in live stranded cetaceans may be useful in assessing their survival chances....

22nd Jan 2009

Another uncommon stranding in the southwest...

While not attracting the huge publicity of the recent fin whale stranding in Courtmacsherry, the IWDG received a report today (21 Jan) of a stranded p...

21st Jan 2009

Fin whale stranding, Courtmacsherry, Co Cork... UPDATES

Update 23/01/09 Dan Crowley of Cork County Council has just informed the IWDG that 28.68 tonnes of whale were removed for incineration in Waterford. O...

20th Jan 2009

IWDG Islandmagee whale watch day

IWDG are holding a whale watch day at 09.30 on Saturday 7th February at Portmuck, Islandmagee, Co. Antrim....

13th Jan 2009

Successful aerial survey with Maritime Squadron...Update

Large whale update 8 Jan 2009Lt. Rónán Mc Laughlin of the Irish Naval Service vessel, LE Aishling has just reported sightings of c10 fin whales and ...

9th Jan 2009

Huge swathe of the Pacific to be protected

President George W. Bush has announced strong new protections for a vast area of the central Pacific Ocean that includes nine distinct tropical coral ...

9th Jan 2009

High numbers of Northern right whales seen in Gulf of Maine

A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine, leading right whale researchers at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Scien...

9th Jan 2009

Brazil declares whole coastline as a whale and dolphin sanctuary

The Brazilian government has decreed that the whole Brazilian coastline has become a sanctuary for whales and dolphins. Wildlife Extra...

9th Jan 2009

Australia Refuses Japan On Whaling Activist Block

Australia has rejected a Japanese request to block anti-whaling activists from re-supplying, saying Thursday their ship would be allowed to dock at an...

9th Jan 2009

Large whale update

We are delighted to report that there is still large whale activity off West Cork as well as the Waterford coast....

5th Jan 2009

Dolphin live-strands in Lahinch, Co Clare

A striped dolphin live stranded in Lahinch this morning and was euthanased. It was first reported to the Lahinch Coastguard at 9:30am after being foun...

2nd Jan 2009

More footage of the pre-Christmas whale action off West Cork.

In December 2008 Don Conroy, Alan McGuire and Chris Wilson set out to record a radio programme for their new series 'Wildside' on Newstalk 106FM. They...

2nd Jan 2009

Global Whale "Hot Spot" Discovered Off East Timor

One of the world's highest concentrations of dolphins and whales -- many of them protected species -- has been discovered off the coast of East Timor,...

2nd Jan 2009