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There is nothing that unusual about the current spate of basking shark sighting records being reported to IWDG daily from Co. Clare. But the numbers are still really impressive, with daily counts that suggest 100+ sharks in one small area between Spanish Point and Malbay last week. If we extend this relatively small area south

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It’s clear that the restrictions we’re all experiencing are limited to our own species and whilst we are all largely in lockdown, the natural world has in recent times perhaps never enjoyed so much space and freedom. There has to be some upside to the pandemic! During the past 9 weeks from 1st March to

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We find ourselves in unique circumstances with our lives on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  With every day that passes there is a sense that something unpleasant is coming down the line, but the “when’s and where’s” aren’t well understood and this uncertainty is making a bad situation worse.  Heck, even getting out to

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27 March 2020 The whale-watching and research on Humpback Whales came to a halt in the past week. We had a noticeably good start to the season, seeing whales on all but one boat trip. The images that we were taking of tail flukes and dorsal images, showed that there were many whales passing through

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The annual meeting of the IWDG’s Stranding Network was held in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on the 7th of March 2020. Despite having to cancel and reschedule this event due to a Red Weather Warning, there was a fantastic turnout with over 30 members of the stranding network present. The stranding network meeting offers a

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2020 has so far proven to be another bad year for common dolphins in Irish waters. As mentioned in a previous article, the high numbers of dead dolphins washing ashore in Ireland during January and February have continued from 2011 right up to this year. We have gone from numbers less than 10 in these

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The IWDG are seeking a new sponsor for their pioneering WhaleTrack Ireland Project. WhaleTrack Ireland seeks to understand how large whales, especially humpback whales, are using Irish waters largely through “Citizen Science”. Where do these whales breed ? Are the same individual whales coming back to Ireland and how long do they stay ? How

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