Posts Categorized: WhaleTrack Ireland

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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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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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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Drones

Estimating total length and body condition An Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or a “drone” will be used to capture high resolution images of whales from the air that will be measured using a technique called aerial photogrammetry. It has proved to be a powerful non-invasive method to collect information on how long or how healthy

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Objectives

WhaleTrack Ireland aims to determine what humpback whales do in Irish waters, where they come from and go to. This will be achieved by identifying migration patterns and important feeding areas in Irish waters using a variety of techniques. Individual whales will be identified using their unique markings from images through photo-identification with the help

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