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Interesting article reflecting on IWDG recording schemes and recent sightings. The value of long term and validated data.

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Learn about recent research carried out at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, GMIT in collaboration with the IWDG on the Shannon Dolphins.

#dolphin #Shannon #bottlenosedolphinsKim Ellen Ludwig is a Masters student on the IMBRSea course at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. She worked on Shannon Dolphin data as part of her thesis. She used encounter histories of 141 marked dolphins over a 26-year period to explore survival. The overall population survival rate was stable at 94% per year and comparable to other populations. However, there was a transience effect with some dolphins with relatively high sighting rates in adjacent Brandon and Tralee Bays despite low survey effort. For more detail and understanding of this important work, watch Kim explaining her thesis.

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