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Role of the IWDG in Live Strandings IWDG are a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) who aim to promote better understanding of cetaceans and their habitats through education and research. We do this by the collection and distribution of data and collaboration with universities, government and research groups. We operate a stranding scheme which records the incidents

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The IWDG received a call on the morning of the 19th August to report a live stranding. Initially the animals were reported as bottlenose dolphins, but after we received a video from the beach at Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal from Thomas and Louise Coleman it was clear these were Northern bottlenose whales.        

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It doesn’t seem that long ago when humpback whale sightings in Irish waters were a rare occurrence….. they were something that happened to others and in hard to reach places. Then something special happened in West Cork in September 1999; we not only got a sighting report of three humpback whales off the Kinsale Gas

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One of the fringe benefits of being a whale watcher in Ireland, is that we regularly find ourselves with front row seats at some truly memorable events. Some of them, like the Sowerby’s beaked whale last weekend in Wicklow harbour, may be difficult to watch, as the end game invariably plays itself out, before reaching

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It is with great disappointment that IWDG has learned of the new government’s proposal to move the responsibility for nature and biodiversity (including the National Parks and Wildlife Services) to the Department of Housing. As we face a biodiversity and climate change crisis, it is essential that environmental concerns be given the full considerations that

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could look into the future of the Shannon dolphin population! Will the population still exist in the Shannon in, say, 100 years? Have the numbers increased or declined? Well, we can. One of techniques available to population biologists is a Population Viability Analysis (PVA). A PVA is a pool

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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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