Whale Tales 2020 – Program and Booking

Save the date – Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Whale Tales is the annual meeting of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, where members and people interested in whales, dolphins and porpoises in Ireland are invited to join us in our shared appreciation and admiration of these charismatic animals.

This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions Whale Tales 2020 will be a virtual meeting, the event will be online, broadcast live from West Clare. Thanks to Inis, our sponsors for supporting this event

We will have a panel of local speakers from our head office in Kilrush and will link in with national and international guests. We hope to make this as interactive and interesting as is possible for you. The event is free, but if you have the opportunity to make a pressure-free donation, it will be appreciated. The most important thing is that you join us 🙂

Full program here with additional back stories here and tickets bookable on Eventbrite here
Whale Tales will be live here today: https://iwdg.ie/whale-tales-live/


Saturday 12th December

11:00: Welcome to the IWDG Whale Tales meeting

Session 1: Review of the Year

11:15 – 11:30: Pádraig Whooley will look back over interesting sightings of the year and the stories and people behind them

11:30 – 11:45: Look back over over interesting strandings of the year with Mick O’Connell and the stories and people behind them

11:45-11.55: Celtic Mist, winter refit, limited summer sailing experiences and plans for 2021


Session 2: Strandings and Strandings Response in Ireland

12:00 : A reflection on the Northern Bottlenose Whales stranding, with some international perspectives from Lonneke IJsseldijk, from the University of Utrecht.

12:15: Taking a look at the developing IWDG Large Whale Stranding Response Protocol 

12:30: Special Guest, Joy Reidenberg, from the hit TV programme Inside Nature’s Giants, on large whale necropsies and what we can learn from them

13:00-14:00 LUNCH

Session 3: IWDG Research Projects

14:00-14:00: Nick Masset and Pádraig Whooley update us on WhaleTrack Ireland, the IWDG large whale research project, with a look at the growing Irish Humpback Whale Catalogue with Lyndsay Jones from Allied Whale in the US who curate the North Atlantic Humpback whale Catalogue.

14:30-15:00: Mags Daly, manager of the IWDG Shannon Dolphin Project tells tales of her favourite mammals and shares some of her stories from the Shannon Estuary this summer

Session 4: Looking ahead and emerging Issues of concern

15:00-16:00: Looking ahead with our local groups, meeting our new Northern Ireland Officer, Amun Muttu, getting an insight into recent developments on Marine Protected Areas (MPA) from an IWDG prospective and internally with Mike Tetley, Programme Coordinator for the IUCN MMPA Task Force and plans for the 2021 sailing season on our flagship, Celtic Mist

16:00 CLOSE with images from our IWDG members. Share your favourite image of marine mammal encounter from 2020 and send to enquiries@iwdg.ie

16:15 AGM: open to all current IWDG members and Zoom invite will be sent out before the meeting via email.

Presentation of Accounts and Nominations to the Board