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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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A minke whale live stranded on the high tide at midday near Cuan in Ventry bay, County Kerry. Local IWDG members were quickly on scene to assess the health of the animal. It was a 5.6m animal that was showing signs of malnutrition and that also had some skin lesions, though neither were acute conditions.

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