2016

IWDG propose North Kerry is made a Marine Protected Area for bottlenose dolphins

Research carried out by the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, largely from their new research vessel Celt...

11th Dec 2016

First meeting of IWDG North Kerry Local Group

The first meeting of a new IWDG Group in North Kerry will take place  on Friday 9th December at the visitor centre for Tralee Bay Wetla...

4th Dec 2016

Whale Live Strands in Mayo

Earlier today (27 November), a large baleen whale c.12m in length was spotted struggling in very shallow water at Cross Beach, Killadoon, Co. Mayo. Th...

27th Nov 2016

IWDG welcome New Director

IWDG welcome a new edition to their Board with the appointment of Conal O'Flanagan.  Conal lives in north County Dublin and has been inter...

24th Nov 2016

IWDG host JNCC MMO/ BOEM PSO course

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will run a Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) course in Cork at the Mald...

24th Nov 2016

IWDG Public Talk, Wilton, Cork Tues. 1st Nov 2016

This event is being hosted by the Cork branch of Bird Watch Ireland and will comprise a talk by IWDG Sightings Officer Padraig Whooley titled "Wh...

30th Oct 2016

IWDG to launch Trail of the Whale Campaign

The seas around the Irish southwest coast, from Counties Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway, have enjoyed unprecedented sightings of humpback whales this s...

24th Oct 2016

Award winning Irish Humpback Whale film to be broadcast on TG4 on October bank-holiday

The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde, an Irish made film and narrated by Liam Ó Maonlaí, will be broadcast on Saturday 29th October at 7.15...

19th Oct 2016

Monitoring Harbour porpoises off North-Antrim Coast

The IWDG have deployed Static Acoustic monitoring devices off the North-Antrim coast in the Skerries and Causeway SAC to monitor the presence and beha...

17th Oct 2016

IWDG seek meeting to explore actions to reduce dolphin bycatch

The number of strandings of common dolphins over the last few years has increased and it is now the most frequently recorded species. Strandings typic...

15th Oct 2016

IWDG Surveyors join 2016 Celtic Sea Herring Survey

Since the first Marine Institute Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey in 2004, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have collected sightings of whales and ...

9th Oct 2016

IWDG AGM 2016

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Annual General Meeting will take place on 22 October 2016 at 2pm at the Shannon Dolphin Centre, Ki...

5th Oct 2016

Life on the Edge 2016

At sea you are often hostage to the weather and this years’ trip didn’t get the weather windows we would have liked but sadly we cannot co...

5th Oct 2016

IWDG are looking to recruit a General Manager

IWDG General Manager The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (www.iwdg.ie) is an All-Ireland group “dedicated to the conservation and better unders...

20th Sep 2016

Common dolphin live stranding in Doonaha, Co.Clare on August 2016

On the 16th of August 2016, researchers from the IWDG and Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation (SDWF) were called to a live-stranding of two common...

11th Sep 2016

Life on the Edge Part I

Patrick Lyne reports on the latest IWDG offshore survey this time to the shelf edge near France ..... With a suitable but brief weather window we h...

5th Sep 2016

Whale Watch Ireland 2016 results summary

On Saturday 27th August the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2016. This All–Ireland Whale Watch day comprised free, g...

31st Aug 2016

Fin Whale Strands in Co. Dublin

Photographs sent to IWDG showing assymetric colouration of the baleen plates confirm that the baleen whale which stranded at Shankill in County Dublin...

20th Aug 2016

Celtic Mist Sanctuary Tour - The final leg: Glandore to Fenit

The final leg of the Celtic Mist Sanctuary Tour promised fantastic coastal scenery, sheltered bays and inlets, beautiful towns and ….. whales !...

7th Aug 2016

Common dolphin live stranding, Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo 23 July 2016

Once again, the Mullet Peninsula in Co. Mayo lives up to it's reputation as a 'hotspot' for mass live strandings of common dolphins in Ire...

4th Aug 2016

Final week onboard the Western European Pelagic Shelf and Acoustic Survey (WESPAS)

Common dolphin ©John Power Sightings of common dolphins continued as the Celtic Explorer completed its track lines across the Celtic sea. ...

31st Jul 2016

A Reflection from the MMOs on the Western European Pelagic and Acoustic Survey (WESPAS)_UPDATED

The Western European shelf edge pelagic acoustic survey 2016 provided me with an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down, to work aboard the R.V. ...

28th Jul 2016

New species of beaked whale_or is it ?

A new species of beaked whale has just been described from the Pacific Ocean. A caracass floated ashore in June of 2014, in the Pribilof Islands co...

28th Jul 2016

Arklow to Glandore on the Celtic Mist

  Leg 6 of the Celtic Mist’s journey around Ireland took off from Arklow on July the 18th in some light southerly winds and fairly ...

28th Jul 2016

Interview with Fiacc OBrolchain onboard Celtic Mist

Tom McSweeney talks to IWDG Director and skipper of Celtic Mist about the 25th Anniversary Sanctuary Tour in Poolbeg Sailing Club in Dublin. Wide rang...

20th Jul 2016

IWDG concerned by lack of wildlife representation on new Heritage Council

IWDG are deeply concerned with the new Heritage Council recently appointed by Minister Humphries.   The new members of the board (listed bel...

16th Jul 2016

Unusual Strandings in West Kerry?

Information recorded on the sightings and strandings databases can be used in short- (is there an issue now that needs to be raised?), medium- (end of...

15th Jul 2016

Risso's dolphins and more on the Isle of Man

The 25th Anniversary Sanctuary Tour resumed after a month long break on Friday 8th July with the Celtic Mist setting sail from Poolbeg to Howth. ...

13th Jul 2016

Celtic Mist sets sail once more

After a brief spell of downtime, Celtic Mist is setting sail once more to start the final legs of the Sanctuary Tour.  She will be departing from...

7th Jul 2016

Killer whale, John Coe returns to Irish Southwest

Report II, 30/06/2016 There has been a huge amount of interest in this killer whale sighting record in recent days, with a huge reach on social med...

1st Jul 2016

Final showing of IWDG film Humpback whales of Cape Verde; Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co Mayo, 23 June at 6pm

The final showing of the new documentary about the IWDG Expedition to Cape Verde in September 2014 in search of a new breeding grounds for humpback wh...

20th Jun 2016

Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Sat. 27th August

All–Ireland Whale Watch Day, “Whale-Watch Ireland 2016”...a date for the diary Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Saturday 27th August, be...

16th Jun 2016

Harbour porpoise surveying - Celtic Mist at the Tuns Bank

The 3rd leg of the Celtic Mist’s grand tour was taking it from Killybegs to Ballycastle providing an opportunity to look at cetacean activity ov...

3rd Jun 2016

Celtic Mist goes in search of the bowhead whale

The Celtic Mist was diverted from its southward cruise plan down the East coast of Northern Ireland following the confirmed sighting report of an imma...

2nd Jun 2016

Leg 4: Ballycastle to Dublin on the Celtic Mist

Leg Four of the sanctuary cruise commenced in Rathlin on Monday the 30th of May after the crew was changed over on the previous day. The weather condi...

2nd Jun 2016

Bowhead whale: a new species for Irish waters..update

Report II, June 1st 2016 IWDG's yacht the Celtic Mist diverted to the Carlingford Lough area yesterday May 31st and after a search of the i...

1st Jun 2016

Leg 3: Killybegs to Rathlin Island on Celtic Mist

Part One: Leg three of the Celtic Mist Sanctuary Cruise began on Monday the 23rd in Killybegs. Shortly after breakfast the ship was visited by some...

28th May 2016

Surviving the 4th ObSERVE offshore acoustic survey on board Celtic Voyager

Fom Wednesday the 18th to Wednesday the 26th of May 2016 I had the privilege of being part of the visual observation team on board R.V. Celtic Voyager...

27th May 2016

Leg 2: of Celtic Mist Tour

Celtic Mist sets sail from Galway bay to Killybegs 16/05/2016 Leg two of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Anniversary Sanctuary tour has kicked of...

16th May 2016

Celtic Mist tours the Aran Islands

For the past three days the Celtic Mist and its crew have been surveying the waters around the Aran Islands for whales, dolphins and other marine wild...

13th May 2016

25th Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary Anniversary Cruise on Celtic Mist

9 May 2016 The Celtic Mist 25th Anniversary Sanctuary Tour launched this Sunday in Fenit, starting our 3 month round Ireland cruise. A blog of our ...

10th May 2016

Leg 1: Cloudy with a Chance of Humpbacks

Cloudy with a chance of Humpbacks What an epic day!  The first day of the Celtic Mist Anniversary Sanctuary Tour has gotten off to an amazing ...

10th May 2016

IWDG Core funders Inis join us whale watching

The collaboration between Inis/Fragrances of Ireland and IWDG is now in its 12th year. Inis are based in Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow at the foot of the ...

7th May 2016

Numbers of common dolphin strandings decrease after 3 month high.

A quick look at the total number of strandings reported to IWDG for the first three months of 2016 show the highest figure ever yet recorded on the st...

30th Apr 2016

Sandeels attract humpbacks and more to West Kerry

On April 9th Ciaran Cronin reported a humpback whale off Bray Head, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. This was an early Kerry humpback sighting, but wasn&rs...

21st Apr 2016

1st tagging and sampling of basking sharks in 2016

Report III April 14 2016 Successfully tagged five basking sharks off Kilkee, Co Clare on Wednesday with individually numbered coloured tags. Also o...

15th Apr 2016

Return of humpbacks to West Kerry

IWDG recieved our 1st humpback whale report of the 2016 large whale season from Ciaran Cronin, of Wildeye on Saturday morning, April 9th from Valentia...

11th Apr 2016

Bottlenose Dolphin at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway!

At present, Nimmo’s Pier, in the heart of Galway city, is alive with wildlife! A bottlenose dolphin, believed to be semi resident in the area, h...

27th Mar 2016

Kerry humpbacks on ITV Fri 25th at 8:00pm

    On Friday evening 25th March at 8:00pm on ITV, you’ll have an opportunity to see watch spectacular aerial footage of...

23rd Mar 2016

Dolphin tracked throughout British Isles and beyond

Some of you may have had the pleasure of seeing the antics of the bottlenose dolphin, known as "Clet" during the summer of 2014, when betwee...

21st Mar 2016

Record Levels of Dead Common Dolphins Continue to Strand On Irish Coast. UPDATED 11 March

Updated 11 March 2016 Recorded deaths of common dolphins on the west coast of Ireland between 1 January and today’s date (11 March) in 2...

11th Mar 2016

IWDG featured on Mooney Goes Wild Sunday 21 February

Dr Simon Berrow, Chief Science Officer and Acting CEO of the IWDG, will feature on RTE Radio 1 Mooney Goes Wild between 10-11pm this Sunday (21 Feb) e...

21st Feb 2016

Harbour porpoises: a week highlight

There will always for some very obvious reasons be a bias towards reporting of the larger whale species such as the fin and humpback whales along the ...

13th Feb 2016

Pollution Threat to Dolphins and Killer Whales in Ireland and Europe

Bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins and Killer whales are still under huge threat due to persistent pollutants accumulated in their bodies. A new st...

1st Feb 2016

Humpback whale Night in Clonakilty a success.

Last night's humpback whale presentation by IWDG Sightings Officer Padraig Whooley, Cape Verdes film, Q&A in Clonakilty Library was a great su...

28th Jan 2016

Fishing for Litter initiative welcomed by the IWDG

Excellent initiative by the Irish fishing industry and BIM to start addressing the serious issue of marine debris. http://www.irishexaminer.com/far...

26th Jan 2016

Sperm whales strand on North Sea coasts

During the last couple of weeks, 16 male sperm whales have stranded on North Sea coasts of the UK, Holland and Germany. While not unusual for male spe...

25th Jan 2016

IWDG Northern Ireland Branch Hosting Effort Watch Training Day

IWDG Northern Ireland branch will host a Cetacean Effort Watch Training Day on Saturday 6th February at the Co. Antrim Yacht Club in Whitehe...

23rd Jan 2016

Humpback and fin whales off the Irish Southeast

You'll see from the Recent Sightings on the left side of this website's homepage a sample list of the 10 most recent validated sightings from ...

20th Jan 2016

Bottlenose dolphins return to South Dublin Jan 2016....update

Report 18th Jan 2016...... We've had no further sighting updates in almost 2 weeks now of the South Dublin group of 3 bottlenose dolphins. But ...

18th Jan 2016

Common dolphins in the River Lee - Update 18 Jan 2016

On Jan 14th we saw a Facebook post regarding dolphins at Passage West in Cork Hbr area, and as per protocol we requested that a sighting form be compl...

16th Jan 2016

Packed audience at launch of IWDG/Canola film on humpback whales

A packed audience attended the launch of the new IWDG/Canola Film Productions documentary on The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde.This film document the ...

13th Jan 2016

IWDG film starts unique library tour in the Lexicon

Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will premiere the film The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde as part of a uni...

2nd Jan 2016

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale washed up in Doonbeg, Co Clare

One of the last strandings of 2015 proved to be one of the more interesting. A whale reported by a number of locals in west Clare turned out to be a j...

2nd Jan 2016