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IWDG Director and Dublin Local Group Co-ordinator Conal O'Flanagan discussed the importance of Dublin Bay for marine mammals, especially harbour porpoise while sailing on IWDG research vessel Celtic Mist on An Cuan (The Bay) currently showing on RTE.
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Due to the current COVID situation we will be holding our AGM online via Zoom.
This meeting is open to all current IWDG members and a zoom link will be sent out by email closer to the date.
Our annual report available now in the members area👉https://iwdg.ie/agm-2021/
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We have 12 lovely cards with photos of whales and dolphins taken by IWDG members and friends. Species names are printed in English, Irish and Latin with a quote for reflection from Seamus Heaney. Printed with soya based ink on recycled paper, order yours 👉https://iwdg.ie/product/iwdg-greetings-cards-6-pieces/

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(🎧Listen with Headphones)Male humpbacks produce complexly structured, repetitive 'songs' which are more intricate and of a higher frequency than those of fin and blue whales. In fact, these are the longest and most complex songs recorded in the animal world. These male vocalisations have been linked to reproduction as they are believed to play a significant role in the attraction of a mate during the breeding season. Males at the same breeding ground, as well as individuals who are in close proximity to one another, will sing the same song - a song which they will eventually alter across the seasons. Songs have been recorded seasonally on both breeding and feeding grounds suggesting that they are multi-functional.Songs may also act as a territorial display. On their breeding grounds, males become extremely aggressive in the competition to "escort" receptive females. They have been recorded emitting other vocalisations which may be a means of demonstrating this aggression in an attempt to establish their dominance. These vocalisations have been observed causing either a 'fight or flight' response by other males within acoustic range of the signaller.During migrations, humpbacks will generally travel in small, unstable groups. Various types of socialisation sounds are produced within these migrating groups including 'snorts', 'grumbles', 'thwops' and 'wops'. It has been suggested that the function of these sounds may be to maintain contact and social cohesion within the group as they have been commonly recorded from all individuals within a group. 'Thwops', grunts, groans and barks have been recorded from lone males before entering a new group which may aid in the lone animal integration.Find more interesting facts and detailed species information at iwdg.ie/humpback-whale/ and Like and share WhaleTrack Ireland Facebook page 👍------🔊Humpback Whales in Cape Verde, Sound recording by Simon Berrow#caboverde #songofthewhale#caboverdeislandjewel#iwdgfilm #humpbackwhale #iwdgexpedition ... See MoreSee Less
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The IWDG contributed to the programme An Cuan (The Bay) currently showing on RTE. IWDG Director and Dublin Local Group Co-ordinator Conal O'Flanagan discussed the importance of Dublin Bay for marine mammals, especially harbour porpoise while out sailing on IWDG research vessel Celtic Mist. He was joined by Fiona Cummins of the GMIT (Official) who is carrying out a PhD study on the porpoises in collaboration with the IWDG and funded by Dublin Port and RPS. #ancuan #dublinbiosphere #bullisland #dublinbay ... See MoreSee Less
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Meet Nala | ID#801 Nala was born in the summer of 2012. She was the first calf to be added to the Shannon Dolphin Project catalogue and so was our first known second-generation animal. We can recognise Nala from the notches and rake marks on her dorsal fin. Like her mammy, Sarafina (#006), her biggest notch is on the middle of her fin, with some smaller ones underneath this. She was seen bow-riding this tanker during the summer of 2019 and less than 5 weeks later she was seen with her first calf, ID#886! She quickly became a favourite of the Shannon Dolphin Project researchers and we are delighted to see her doing well at the start of every season.Adopting Nala is a wonderful gift for any dolphin lover and it will make a valuable contribution to the protection of these beautiful animals!————Adopt a Shannon Bottlenose Dolphin at iwdg.ie/adopt-a-whale-or-dolphin/———-🎥 Karoly Torok#AdoptADolphin #adoptawhale #shannondolphinproject #conservation#research #supportus#iwdg #bottlenosedolphin #shannonbottlenosedolphin ... See MoreSee Less
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