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IWDG Cetacean Stranding Scheme Update; January – February 2021 Since 2011, the number of strandings during the winter period has increased significantly. These strandings have been dominated by common dolphins. Here, IWDG Strandings Officer Stephanie Levesque reports on strandings during the first two months of 2021, and puts these numbers into some historical context. Between January

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28th February, 2021 With the humpback whale ashore on the afternoon of Wednesday 24 February, so began a lot of phoning around so that relevant agencies and key individuals were brought into the loop and a coordinated approach lead by the IWDG could be taken. This is the IWDG approach to large whale stranding events

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The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is an All-Ireland NGO “dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Irish waters through study, education and interpretation”.  The IWDG has charitable status (CHY 11163), is regulated by the Charity Regulators (No. 20029913) and is a Limited Company (332093). Currently it

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The IWDG welcomes the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage report on Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network. Public consultation is now open and the IWDG are encouraging all those interested  in advancing this critical policy decision to get informed and contribute to the process. Currently, there is no definition of Marine Protected Areas

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In recent years sightings of humpback whales have been on the increase and the Irish humpback catalogue now recognises 109 individuals in Irish waters. Many of which return year after year and some between decades. And so as this iconic species seems to be enjoying a recovery with different humpback populations recovering well, it comes

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IWDG have just validated two sighting by Marcus Hogan and the Galway Hooker Sailing Club of a solitary bottlenose dolphin off the Nimmo’s Pier area of Galway docks on Sat. 6th and Tues. 16th February.  Given the footage, description, location and circumstances, we are confident these record are our first sightings of 2021 of the

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IWDG have just validated two sighting by Marcus Hogan and the Galway Hooker Sailing Club of a solitary bottlenose dolphin off the Nimmo’s Pier area of Galway docks on Sat. 6th and Tues. 16th February.  Given the footage, description, location and circumstances, we are confident these record are our first sightings of 2021 of the

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IWDG have just validated two sighting by Marcus Hogan and the Galway Hooker Sailing Club of a solitary bottlenose dolphin off the Nimmo’s Pier area of Galway docks on Sat. 6th and Tues. 16th February.  Given the footage, description, location and circumstances, we are confident these record are our first sightings of 2021 of the

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To mark the 30th year of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, we have invited a number of the founder members to reflect on those first few steps towards establishing such a successful NGO. For our second invited piece we have a contribution from Brendan Price. It was Brendan, who driven by the vision to

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Hi to all humpback whale enthusiasts and especially to those of you who have adopted one of the humpback whales on the Irish catalogue. By way of a wee summary, we’ve enjoyed another great humpback year and the catalogue which started the season with 97 individuals has grown by 12% to 109 animals during 2020.

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