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Underwater Noise Pollution 🔊🐬🐋

There is increasing concern about the harmful effects of man-made noise (anthropogenic) on the marine environment and species within. While anthropogenic noise is not the only noise source in the marine environment, its level is increasing due to growth in commercial shipping, military activities geophysical surveys and inshore works.

Conservation Officer Dave Wall ( Flukes Summer 2020 p.10) reports on the potential conservation impact of oil and gas surveys on cetaceans in Irish waters.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises live largely in an acoustic world. They use sound to communicate, navigate and forage. They have evolved over millions of years in an ocean without manmade sounds. Only since the 1990s has human noise pollution made any significant impact on the ocean.

Dave has authored a number of IWDG publications including the Policy on the Effects of Noise Pollution on Cetaceans, which you can find here >>> <<<

Find out more about noise pollution here >>> <<<

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📰 News from the Archives - Issue No.18 Winter 2000⁠

Front page- What future for the Doolin Dolphin?⁠

The summer of 2000, an immature, female⁠ bottlenose dolphin befriended people near⁠ the village of Doolin, Co Clare. Although the⁠ dolphin has been frequenting an area known⁠
as "The Jump" for the last two years, it was⁠ only that summer that people started⁠ swimming with her regularly.⁠
There are many theories as to why such⁠ incidents occur, but clearly dolphins and⁠ people are destined to come into close⁠
contact. How many other "resident"⁠ dolphins are there around
he coast, but at⁠ sites rarely visited by people? ⁠

Other highlights from this edition:⁠

• Six cetacean species located off Co Mayo-Results from an IWDG visual and acoustic survey of cetaceans off Co Mayo⁠
• Whale-watching in the Bay of Biscay by Dave Wall⁠
• DIARY Of AN IRISH WHAlEWATCHER. By Padraig Whoolev : ⁠
Size matters · if you're a baleen whale!⁠
• Cetacean sightings , strandings and related news⁠

Read more here in the member's resource area:⁠

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Despite a full post-mortem being carried out at the DAFM regional vet lab, the cause of death a rare Sowerby’s Beaked Whale live stranded in Wicklow Harbour on 4 July 2020 is not known. Of interest, but not thought to have contributed to its death, was the partial impaction at the end of the intestine, caused by a bolus of fish bones and a piece of hard plastic measuring 95x30 mm. See the full story on

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