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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.
#ancuan #dublinbiosphere

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/

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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Great opportunity to learn more about using drones for research on whales and dolphins.🚨📢 Save the date! ‘Join the Pod’, the webinar focusing on marine mammal research for conservation and hosted by MFRC PhD students, is coming back 🐳🐋 on 📅 Friday 10th of December - 12pm - noon - (GMT) 📅. Episode 2 “Cetaceans from above: drones for research” will take you through three examples of innovative monitoring techniques used by Dr. Karin Hartman, Sean O’Callaghan and Tom Grove in the northeast Atlantic. Follow #JoinThePodWebinar, subscribe on Join The Pod | Webinars (wixsite.com) and Join the Pod - YouTube never to miss a webinar! ... See MoreSee Less
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IWDG document the 1st confirmed case of grey seal predation on harbour porpoise in Irish waters. (Series of images below courtesy L. Scalabre)Full story and video on this link.....be warned, some of the clip towards the end may be upsetting for a younger audience.iwdg.ie/iwdg-document-1st-confirmed-case-of-grey-seal-predation-on-harbour-porpoise-in-irish-waters/ ... See MoreSee Less
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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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