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On the 28th of November, a group of common dolphins live stranded in the Mullet in Co. Mayo and was reported to the IWDG. Thank you to Gemma O’Connor who was on site to assist and refloat the animals, along with other members of the public, the local NPWS ranger and the Irish Coast Guard

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IWDG Local Group in Sligo organised their first boat trip out into Donegal Bay to discover what species of whale and dolphin occur. Recent sightings of a humpback whale in the bay feeding on the plentiful sprat gave the trip an edge. It has been a few weeks since it was first reported and this

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Update: 29 October 2019 IWDG contribution to the Irish Maritime Programme “This Island Nation” discusses the importance of a Large Whale Stranding Protocol so we can respond quickly to strandings of large whales in Ireland, both live and dead. This issue has come to the fore again following the sighting and stranding of a fin

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IWDG were informed about a dolphin live stranded on Mutton Island in inner Galway Bay that was refloated. These are very intense experiences. Sometimes the dolphin dies and sometimes it swims away with some uncertainty over its ultimate fate. We asked Jason to tell us the story behind this latest live stranding. This is his

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IWDG visited the stranded fin whale on Dollymount Strand today before it was buried. Sibéal Regan and Conal O’Flanagan measured the whale at 11.7m and determined it to be a male. Thanks to Pat Corrigan and Dublin City Council for waiting for IWDG before burying the whale to enable us to get valuable samples. Some

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For good reason it always seems to be humpback whales off the known Cork and Kerry hotspots that make the big news stories, such as the one that featured on the main RTE news last night, but recent humpback whale sightings in Donegal Bay remind us that there may be a bigger picture….. IWDG have

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On Tuesday 18th September, Simon Berrow and Frances Bermingham headed out with Nick Massett off west Kerry to deploy a Soundtrap, an underwater recording device, in an attempt to record humpback whales singing in Ireland. This was part of WhaleTrack Ireland, an exciting project funded by Ryanair’s Carbon Offset Partnership, which is supported by Ryanair

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The IWDG welcome the closure of the Celtic Sea Herring fishery due to the small size of fish caught. The fishery opened on Sunday and the fish caught were very small. the Celtic Sea Herring Management Advisory Committee who represent the fishing industry and fish producers recommended closure . They stated “The CSHMAC organised a

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Under WhaleTrack Ireland the IWDG bought a drone to film large whales in Irish waters to assess their length and body condition. Here IWDG Science Officer Seán O’Callaghan and CEO Dr Simon Berrow review some amazing footage of humpback whales taken off West Cork and discuss the implications and potential use of the footage. The

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Report by Karen van Dorp Skipper: Dr. Patrick Hartigan (‘The Swamp Monster’) First mate: David Bagnall Senior marine biologist: Karen van Dorp (‘Headbanger 2’) Marine biologist: Derick Bora (‘Bowrider’) Crew: Conal O’Flanagan, John ‘JC’ Cotter (‘Headbanger 1’), John ‘The Real John’ Kelleher (‘Twinkletoes’, ‘Hawkeye’, ‘Queen of the Night’), Norrina Fleming (‘The Real Queen of the

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