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A post-mortem examination carried out by Jim Donovan and Sarah O'Mara from the RVL Cork and IWDG's Mags Daly confirmed that "Nick" the solitary dolphin found dead in Cork Harbour died from the injuries he sustained from a boat propeller. See full story on

Fin and humpback whales have been regularly observed off west Clare over the past two weeks. IWDG were lucky enough to capture one fin whale from a drone. Enjoy a fin whale, the second largest animal on our planet. watch full video 👉

The final blog from this years IWDG members summer cruises are online at
Thank you Fiacc O'Brolchain and Mick O'Meara for having the boat ready and Stephanie Levesque for taking bookings and to all our skippers, mates and crew

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Update on Nick, the solitary-sociable dolphin that died recently in Cork Harbour. .@shannon_dolphin_project shared a video of Nick in April, where he was seen off Kinsale. Yesterday Dr. Jim O'Donovan and Sarah O'Mara from the Regional Veterinary Lab in Cork and Mags Daly from IWDG’s @shannon_dolphin_project volunteered their time to perform a post mortem on Nick. As Nick's most recent stranding location was difficult to access the post mortem had to be completed in-situ. The tide was against us so we could only complete a partial post mortem. We were able to establish a preliminary cause of death, he died from the injuries he sustained from a boat propeller. I will post another update once we have the finalised post mortem report. Nick is the 3rd solitary-sociable bottlenose dolphin to die recently from injuries they sustained from boat propellers. Zafar in the Netherlands in May 2020 and Danny in England in October 2020. While we understand it's exciting when you encounter dolphins care is needed when in their presence. I have seen several instances this summer that has caused me grave concern for our own population of dolphins in the Shannon and along the Clare and Kerry coasts, such as jet skis and boats travelling at high speeds in an unpredictable course, in known hot spots for the Shannon Dolphins, and their calves. See the original post on Nick's stranding. DalyShannon Dolphin Project ManagerIrish Whale and Dolphin Group ... See MoreSee Less
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No doubt we have seen some of the amazing photos and videos of whales, dolphins and sharks that have been spotted in Irish waters in recent months. Ireland inshore waters along our south, southwest and west coast provide some of the best land based whale watching potential in the North Atlantic.Throughout the autumn and winter months it is possible to see one of these magnificent animals from land in good weather (with light winds and calm seas) so now is the time to grab your binoculars/camera and get out there! …Oh and please report your sighting to IWDG at or download our new Reporting App for free!Read our handy guide of practical information on how and where to do a land-based whale watch at 📸 credit to Trea Heapes IWDG……..🐋Consider to ADOPT-A-WHALE or/and A-DOLPHIN🐬and you’ll learn about your special animal while supporting our important work to monitor these iconic species see ... See MoreSee Less
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For our third episode of 'Who We Are' we'd like to introduce to you Brendan Quinn. Brendan runs a pharmacy business in Gort, Co Galway. He is also a kayaker, climber, sailor and currach builder. He is passionate about the natural world and our marine environment. Brendan is the Chair of the board of Directors of the IWDG, where he uses this passion but also business experience to help steer the course of the IWDG. Meet Brendan Quinn. ... See MoreSee Less
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