2015

BioWeb interview with Simon Berrow from IWDG

Dr Simon Berrow, Chief Science Officer with the IWDG was interviewed by Cormac Price of Bioweb. BioWeb.ie is a website for enthusiasts of environ...

4th Dec 2015

Distinguished Recorder Award for 2015

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that Pádraig Whooley, IWDG will be awarded the Distinguished Recorder Award for ...

9th Nov 2015

Water on Mars and a Beluga Headed West

I have seen photos and videos of Beluga whales throughout my life. They captured my imagination, so I read more about them, which I could do with ease...

30th Oct 2015

Colm O Riordan RIP

IWDG were informed on the passing away of Colm O’Riordan. Colm worked at the National Museum of Ireland (Natural History) as keeper and was very...

17th Oct 2015

Fin Whale Strands in Portstewart

At around 11:30am on Monday 5th October I received an email saying that a dead whale had washed up on Portstewart strand. I had never seen a stranded ...

8th Oct 2015

Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey 2015 - UPDATE 19 Oct

Updated 19 October 2015 Lots of fin whale activity southeast of Mine head last Wednesday evening and Thursday.  We counted a minimum of 5 anim...

4th Oct 2015

IWDG Website Update

This is a quick update on where we are with the website, the issues we've run into and a request for some software development help. As you may...

9th Sep 2015

Results of Whale Watch Ireland 2015

On Sunday 23rd August the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2015. This All–Ireland Whale Watch day comprised free, guided wh...

1st Sep 2015

Chris Wilson

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Chris Wilson, following a short illness. Chris was the driving force behind the IWDG Rosslar...

29th Aug 2015

Pilot whales stranded at Gowlane Beach in Brandon Bay

At 7.30am last Thursday 6th I received a call from Louise Overy about pilot whales that had stranded at Gowlane Beach in Brandon Bay. It being a short...

12th Aug 2015

Solitary sociable dolphins – a natural fascination

Humans have been fascinated by the power, beauty and sometimes vital savagery of the natural world for at least as long as history can tell us. And fr...

10th Aug 2015

First images and 3rd only sighting record of a beluga whale in Irish waters

There is now broad consensus from cetacean experts on both sides of the Atlantic that this is a confirmed sighting of a beluga whale from Co. Antrim y...

31st Jul 2015

Additional actions agreed in the interest of the safety of people swimming off Inis Oírr

Following recent incidents, involving interaction between the wild dolphin off Inis Oírr and people swimming off the beach on the Island, a number of...

30th Jul 2015

Liam O'Maonlai to narrate 'Humpback Whales of Cape Verde' documentary

Irish musician Liam O'Maonlai will narrate the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group supported film 'Humpback Whales of the Cape Verde'. Shot in Cape Verde, t...

20th Jul 2015

Beaked Whale Strandings in Kerry

On 3 July, a juvenile cetacean was found live stranded at Cappagh Strand, Cloghane, Co. Kerry. Its young age was apparent with a length of 1.2m and th...

14th Jul 2015

Looking for Cetaceans on the North West Herring Survey

Greetings from the North Atlantic! Michael Marrinan and Marissa Parker here, marine mammal observers on board the RV Celtic Explorer as she carries o...

6th Jul 2015

Fin whales photographed from air 25/05/2015

IWDG received a strong set of images taken by Tomas Kelly, of Bond Air Services Ireland, on 25th May 2015, during a routine Kinsale Energy, crew cha...

25th May 2015

Humpback and fin whales arrive inshore same week

#HBIRL23 returns to West Kerry for 3rd consecutive year On May 2nd a humpback whale was spotted by IWDG personnel off Clogher Head, Co. Kerry a...

9th May 2015

Celtic Mist open for visitors at Dublin Bay Conference 29th April

IWDG Chief science officer Dr. Simon Berrow will be speaking at Dublin Bay Conference and Celtic Mist will be open to visitors in Dublin Port opposi...

28th Apr 2015

Bottlenose dolphin at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway

Onlookers at Nimmo’s Pier in Galway over the past few days have enjoyed the rare opportunity to view a selection of Ireland’s marine ma...

19th Apr 2015

IWDG research used to reject Japan's new whaling plan

A recent paper produced as part of a joint research project by IWDG and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has been cited as a reason not to s...

14th Apr 2015

IWDG research used to reject Japanese new whaling plan

A recent paper by produced as part of a joint research project by IWDG and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has been cited as a reason not t...

14th Apr 2015

Whale live strands inland in Co. Kerry....confirmed dead

Update: IWDG has learned that the live stranded minke whale which was refloated near Kenmare on Friday has been found dead at the shore in Tuos...

5th Apr 2015

IWDG surveying both visually and acoustically on the Marine Institute Blue Whiting Survey

The IWDG are currently surveying for cetaceans onboard RV Celtic Explorer during the annual Marine Institute Blue Whiting survey.  For the fir...

1st Apr 2015

IWDG review of the NPWS National Cetacean Protection Strategy

Following legal and public consultation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) published the Conservation Plan for Cetaceans in Irish Wate...

30th Mar 2015

"Living the Wildlife", returns to RTE TV

We are delighted to see the return to RTE tomorrow (March 24th) of this Irish wildlife series, which will show on RTE 1 every Tuesday evening at 7:...

23rd Mar 2015

A Joint Statement on an unusual mortality event of Cuvier’s beaked whales in Ireland and Scotland

Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are native to both British and Irish waters where they occur in deep waters, typically greater t...

23rd Feb 2015

A Joint Statement on an unusual mortality event of Cuvier’s beaked whales in Ireland and Scotland

Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are native to both British and Irish waters where they occur in deep waters, typically greater t...

23rd Feb 2015

A Joint Statement on an unusual mortality event of Cuvier’s beaked whales in Ireland and Scotland

Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are native to both British and Irish waters where they occur in deep waters, typically greater t...

23rd Feb 2015

IWDG Members talks in Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club

    Many thanks to IWDG Member Jim Hurley for his excellent talk about the Saltees Islands ...

17th Feb 2015

IWDG featured on a new RTE interactive video on humpback whales

Report update 13/02/15...... IWDG has just received this morning another late season humpback whale record from Monday 9th Feb. of a pair of humpba...

13th Feb 2015

IWDG featured in new RTE interactive video

The IWDG is  featured on a new RTE interactive video.  The video links a number of features around the mysteries of the humpback whale an...

11th Feb 2015

IWDG upcoming events 2015

IWDG Upcoming Events 2015 IWDG Volunteers will attend the following events throughout 2015 promoting the conservation and research of Whales an...

10th Feb 2015

Killer whale strands in Waterford

A 5m female killer whale was found yesterday, 30 January, at Saleen, near Tramore, Co. Waterford. The animal was in very fresh condition and all he...

31st Jan 2015

Killer whale strands in Waterford: UPDATED with preliminary PM results

3 February 2015 A post mortem examination of the killer whale was carried out on Sunday in a local council yard. A team from the IWDG and the G...

31st Jan 2015

A live stranding of a loggerhead turtle in Donegal

Amanda Doherty, Secretary of Donegal IWDG recounts the story of the finding of  Columba the Turtle: Long standing IWDG member, Gareth Dohe...

27th Jan 2015

A live stranding of a loggerhead turtle in Donegal

Amanda Doherty, Secretary of Donegal IWDG recounts the story of the finding of  Columba the Turtle: Long standing IWDG member, Gareth Dohe...

27th Jan 2015

A live stranding of a loggerhead turtle in Donegal UPDATE

We have just been informed that the turtle died this morning (Tuesday) Amanda Doherty, Secretary of Donegal IWDG recounts the story of the find...

27th Jan 2015

IWDG publish research on humpback whales in Ireland

We still know very little about ‘our’ humpback whales in Ireland, once they leave our coastal waters. Where do they go to breed? Is Ire...

24th Jan 2015

World's Second-Largest Trawler Fishing North of Mayo

The world's second largest supertrawler, the Margiris is currently fishing in waters north of Mayo and west of Donegal. At 143m long, this vess...

16th Jan 2015

Concern at High Number of Stranded Cuvier's Beaked Whales in December

Update: 6 January 2015: While there have (thankfully) been no further confirmed reports of stranded Cuvier's beaked whales in Ireland, the ...

5th Jan 2015

Irish Humpbacks feature on One Show, BBC Jan 5th & 6th

We are delighted to announced the latest collaboration between the BBC Natural History Unit and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, which we've ...

4th Jan 2015