2014

IWDG represented on two Offshore Steering Groups

The IWDG have been invited onto two important offshore steering groups which will shape development and environmental issues in the offshore enviro...

17th Dec 2014

IWDG represented on two Offshore Steering Groups

The IWDG have been invited onto two important offshore steering groups which will shape development and environmental issues into the next few year...

17th Dec 2014

Discounted IWDG Membership for Christmas

IWDG Membership contributes greatly to our work and cetacean research, education and conservation projects in Ireland. We are offering 15% off ...

9th Dec 2014

An example of how good land- based whale watching can be.

As it was such a beautiful day Sunday last I set off early to do a tour of Waterford headlands, starting at Helvic Head near Dungarvan and working ...

8th Dec 2014

"Clet" now in Mull Sound, Scotland....Update

Report update 05/12/2014 Conor Ryan, HWDT reports that as of this afternoon Clet was following the Corran ferry right up Loch Linnhe near Fort ...

5th Dec 2014

Follow Leona the Loggerhead turtle on-line

8 December 2014 The satellite tag is working and leona is still in waters off the beach she was released.  check out follow Leona on on ht...

2nd Dec 2014

New Updated Edition of 'Whales and Dolphins of Ireland' now available

21 November 2014 New updated 3rd edition of the popular IWDG A Guide to the Identification of the Whales and Dolphin of Ireland is now availabl...

23rd Nov 2014

Winter Whale watching in the Northwest !

Report update: 18/11/2014 Just a wee update on this local minke whale activity off Northwest Donegal and the activity reported initially on bel...

18th Nov 2014

IWDG AGM 2014

The IWDG will host its AGM  in the Best Western Plus Academy Plaza Hotel off O’Connell Street in Dublin on Saturday 8 November star...

3rd Nov 2014

Humpback called "Boomerang" returns to Irish South coast

IWDG Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) William Hunt gives an account of a big whale day on the RV Celtic Explorer along the East Cork/West Waterford coa...

24th Oct 2014

UK risk fines if they do not designate SACs for harbour porpoise

European Commission is asking the United Kingdom to designate protected areas for harbour porpoise, a marine mammal regularly found in UK waters. T...

20th Oct 2014

Clean Coasts Photo Competition and Whale Tales

The Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on Fri 10th October in the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Docklands in Dub...

17th Oct 2014

What now for aggressive bottlenose dolphins?

The IWDG are aware of recent reports of single dolphins interacting aggressively with swimmers and bathers along the Irish coast.  We have not...

8th Oct 2014

Rare Sei whale record off Ventry, Co. Kerry

On Friday morning September 12th  I was in a bit of a rush to catch the Cape Clear ferry for the IWDG’s September whale watching weekend...

16th Sep 2014

Huge success in Cape Verde for IWDG ... UPDATED

12 September 2014 The IWDG CVI 2014 expedition has ended in Mindelo, Sao Vicente after an astonishing two weeks. The last few days have continued ...

9th Sep 2014

Dolphin killed by plastic ring

We've all heard the mantra of 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle' repeated so many times over the last few years and there's no doubt it has ...

1st Sep 2014

IWDG Propose Temporal Closure of the Porcupine Seabight to Seismic Activity

The IWDG have submitted a proposal to the Petroleum affairs Division for  for a temporal restriction of seismic survey activity on  ...

1st Sep 2014

IWDG Rathlin Wildlife-Watching Weekend 2014

On the weekend of 22nd July IWDG were pleased to run our first ever Wildlife-Watching Weekend on Rathlin Island, County Antrim. The idea of course ...

31st Aug 2014

IWDG Propose Temporal Closure of the Porcupine Seabight to Seismic Activity

The IWDG have submitted a proposal to the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) for  for a temporal restriction of seismic survey activity on ...

31st Aug 2014

IWDG Rathlin Wildlife-Watching Weekend 2014

On the weekend of 22nd July IWDG were pleased to run our first ever Wildlife-Watching Weekend on Rathlin Island, County Antrim. The idea of course ...

30th Aug 2014

Whale Watch Ireland 2014, 24th August....Results

Whale Watch Ireland 2014 results summary It was hard to avoid the fact that this years Whale Watch Ireland event was a weather washout along th...

29th Aug 2014

BBC return to Ireland to film humpback whales

The latest IWDG filming collaboration was completed yesterday 21st August in West Kerry; and was the culmination of planning which began as far bac...

22nd Aug 2014

Fin whales arrive in numbers off West Cork....Update

Report II, 09/08/2014 A compilation of validated sighting reports from West Cork area between the Old Head of Kinsale and the Kedge area s...

10th Aug 2014

Wild Ireland Tour

For those unable to get to sea the second best way to travel is on a bike ! Dr Liam Lysaght, manager of the National Biodiversity Data Centre is cy...

5th Aug 2014

Breaching Fin Whale caught on camera by the Irish Air Corps

Great footage taken today from waters c150 miles off the Irish southwest coast of a breaching whale taken from Casa 253 by the Irish Air Corps duri...

30th Jul 2014

Celtic Mist open for visitors in Galway Bay

Update 28th July. Celtic Mist Visiting hours, Galway Marina Tuesday 29th July - 3pm to 6pm - Contact Padraic de Bhaldraithe, Wednesday 30th Ju...

29th Jul 2014

Humpback whale update in North Channel area

We’ve written many articles on the “Big Winged New-Englander” on this site and on IWDG publications and magazines since the late ...

25th Jul 2014

Celtic Mist to survey bottlenose dolphins off the NW coasts - UPDATE

27 July 2014 Celtic Mist arrived in Galway docks on saturday night after a very successful second week of the bottlenose dolphin survey. We sai...

13th Jul 2014

Managing Dusty, or Sandy as she is now known, on Inis Oírr

The bottlenose dolphin known as Dusty that has frequented the beaches of North Clare since 2000, is now on Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands. Du...

13th Jul 2014

Groundhog day for live strandings

Now that the mass stranding of pilot whales has come to an unsettling end on the Donegal coast, it is time for the post mortem to commence. I'm...

9th Jul 2014

Pilot whales mass stranding in Donegal....Update

11 July 2014 We have heard that finally the two remaining living pilot whales at Falcarragh have died last night and been buried. This brings a...

8th Jul 2014

Cuviers beaked whale live- stranded in Co Kerry

A whale or "large dolphin" was reported to the IWDG live stranded in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry by the Irish Coastguard on the evening of Mond...

27th Jun 2014

Marine mammal mitigation of blasting at Doolin Pier

26 June 2014 The first blasting took place in Doolin last night with detonation at 21:10 hours. The Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan was successfu...

26th Jun 2014

Celtic Mist sails with Silurian

Celtic Mist sailed to the North East Coast mid May to attend the Ballycastle and Rathlin Sound Maritime Festivals.  The Irish Whale and Dolphin...

23rd Jun 2014

First humpback whale sighting record for Dursey Island, Co. Cork

We're forwarding this account received today (22nd June) from Derek & Joanna Scott of remarkable minke and humpback whale activity off Durs...

22nd Jun 2014

IWDG research featured on new RTE 1 programme on dolphins

Check out the recent RTE programme on dolphins in Ireland screened on Sunday 22 June   http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10295732/ ...

20th Jun 2014

Whale Watching Courses on Cape Clear, Co. Cork Summer 2014

Title:  Whale Watching Courses on Cape Clear Summer 2014 Looking for a weekend with a difference? Why not join the Irish Whale and Dolphin...

19th Jun 2014

Rathlin Island Wildlife Watching Weekend

Spaces still left on for the Rathlin Wildlife-Watching Weekend this July. Book now in the IWDG Shop! Wildlife Watching Weekend 25th – 27t...

28th May 2014

Basking shark tagging and sampling in the Blasket Islands

Basking shark sightings update 28th May 2014 All it took was bit of hot sunny weather and the sharks are popping up in numbers again along the ...

27th May 2014

Whale Watch, Slea Head, Co. Kerry, Sat. May 17th

As part of Biodiversity Week celebrating Kerry’s natural heritage IWDG will be delivering a land based whale watch at Slea Head this Saturday...

14th May 2014

Coca-Cola Clean Coasts IWDG talk

As part of the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Events 2014 organised by An Taisce, IWDG Welfare Officer Paul Kiernan will be sharing a platform with reknown...

7th May 2014

First basking sharks of 2014...Update

Report update, 23/04/2014 A quick review of basking shark sightings validated by IWDG in the past week suggests that if you want to see th...

23rd Apr 2014

Report on 4th Trans-Atlantic Research cruise

Report on the 4th Trans-Atlantic Research cruise On 12th April 2014...

22nd Apr 2014

Blasting planned in Cape Verde humpback breeding lagoon

As part of the construction of a jetty at Sal Rei on Boavista, Cape Verde blasting is planned .  This site is breeding area for humpback whale...

16th Apr 2014

U.S. Navy Implicated in New Mass Stranding of Whales

On 1 April (yes I know), while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore in the Mediterranean Sea, Cuvier’s beaked w...

8th Apr 2014

3....it's a magic number.

Tullan Strand, Co. Donegal cetacean bonanza.   We often get "multiple species" sightings reports sent into us, but they are ...

3rd Apr 2014

Risso's dolphin images off Saltees, Co. Wexford

We often get cetacean images sent to us by members of the public. They are sometimes reasonable "record shots" that help us confirm which...

1st Apr 2014

A major win for Cetacean Welfare

The IWDG welcomes yesterday’s ruling by the International Court of Justice ordering a temporary halt to the annual Japanese ‘scientific...

1st Apr 2014

New "Irish" Humpback whale matched to Iceland

New Irish Humpback whale matched to Iceland. On 14th Sept 2013 Nick Massett observed a number of humpback whales around the Blasket Islands, Co...

31st Mar 2014

First minke whale of 2014 "whale season"?

A sighting report from our man on the cliffs at Slea Head, Co. Kerry, Nick Massett, suggests that the 2014 whale watch season may be gearing up. On...

30th Mar 2014

Evening of talks on Cetacean Research and Monitoring in Belmullet, Co Mayo

An evening of talks will take place in Belmullet, Co Mayo on 27th March @ 19:30 in the Belmullet Civic Centre, Belmullet. This is a evening hos...

21st Mar 2014

Why we shouldn't swim with dolphins.

Update 20 March 2014 An article in today's Irish Examiner has been brought to our attention by concerned readers.  See link below ...

19th Mar 2014

Irish Humpback whale match with Norway

Between 10-13 May 2007 a humpback whale was photographed inshore, close to Texel Island in the Wadden Sea, Netherlands.  On 28 September 2007 ...

7th Mar 2014

IWDG concerned over world's largest trawlers fishing in Irish waters UPDATE

Irish Times picks up on IWDG concerns http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/coveney-plays-down-dutch-supertrawler-s-presence-off-west-coas...

4th Mar 2014

New Study identifies Offshore Population of Bottlenose Dolphins

A new study confirms that bottlenose dolphins inhabiting offshore waters in Ireland are a separate population to those occurring inshore. The study...

3rd Feb 2014

Cetacean heaven in the Porcupine Seabight

Check out the incredible images and diversity recorded this autum in the Porcupine seabight off southwest Ireland. Maren Reichelt and Mick Bai...

31st Jan 2014

Cetaceans of the Frontier Cruise - blog

The IWDG are once again collaborating with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on the Cetaceans of the Frontier Cruise onboard the state...

16th Jan 2014

IWDG propose no pelagic fishing in SACs for porpoise and dolphins

The IWDG opinion is that no pelagic fishing should occur within Special Areas of Conservation which have cetaceans as a qualifying interest. This r...

1st Jan 2014

IWDG propose no pelagic fishing in SACs for porpoise and dolphins

The IWDG opinion is that no pelagic fishing should occur within Special Areas of Conservation which have cetaceans as a qualifying interest. This r...

1st Jan 2014