It is through Education and Outreach that we can raise awareness of our marine environment and the Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises that inhabit them. If we can ignite a passion within the greater community for our oceans and their inhabitants, then there is great hope that they will prosper into the future.

National Biodiversity Week

Each year, the IWDG take part in National Biodiversity week. Find our more about marine species here.

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Fluke Facts

Find out more about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

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Junior Section

For all you budding marine biologists out there!

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Threats to marine mammals

Marine mammals face a wide range of threats such as noise pollution, plastic pollution and fisheries interactions.

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Fluky Art

Training Courses

Throughout the year, IWDG run courses and workshops on topics such as Species Identification and Recording, Live Stranding, Photo Identification and more. Courses are run out of the Shannon Dolphin Centre, Kilrush, but we are happy to travel and deliver courses anywhere in the country if members can arrange a venue and guarantee a minimum number of participants. We also organise whale watching trips for members for research purposes and talks on all aspects of whales and dolphins. Keep an eye on our events page for the next upcoming event near you!

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The IWDG can organise visits to schools. We have a wide network of officers & members prepared to visit schools & share our passion for whales & dolphins with young people.

We try and find the right person living locally to the school. Sometimes we arrive by land and sometimes by sea. In 2019 we initiated the “Floating Classroom” onboard Celtic Mist, where we sail a stretch of coastline visiting schools and invite young people onto the boat when its safely docked. The Shannon Dolphin Centre in Kilrush is also open to school visits where students can see skeletons, hear sounds and learn about latest research. Contact us to arrange a visit.

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Conservation issues affecting Whales, Dolphins, and their Habitats in Ireland

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IWDG Centre

The Shannon Dolphin Centre is an education and research centre which exhibits a wide range of whale and dolphin artefacts and information. We have a large collection of whale and dolphin skulls which are used to teach people species identification. In particular, you can experience the Shannon Dolphin story, where we have followed individual bottlenose dolphins from the resident Shannon Dolphin population for over 25 years. The Shannon Dolphin Centre is also our research hub where we store samples and equipment for research and monitoring throughout Ireland. The Shannon Dolphin Centre welcomes bookings from schools. The centre is open daily from May through to September unless research commitments take us out to sea.

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Education Resource Downloadables

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