Whale Tales 2021 – Program and Booking

Save the date – Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Due to the worsening COVID situation, and after some discussion and deliberation, the board of directors of the IWDG have decided that in the interests of health and safety, that this year’s Whale Tales is to be postponed until the weekend of March 4th and 5th 2022.
We are very disappointed and know that you will be too, as we were all looking forward to meeting up face to face. But, needs must.
Your Eventbrite booking will be valid for March 5th if you would stlll like to attend.
If you have made a hotel booking, the Radisson Blu are happy to cancel the booking with no charge or they can move the booking to March 4th. There may be a slight change in price given it is a new season. You will need to call them to arrange this even though I believe they may have unilaterally cancelled all our bookings, confusing the groups block booking with independent IWDG bookings. This all happened yesterday evening without formal cancellation of postponement.
So, new Whale Tales date:
Cabo Verde film premiere: Friday March 4th 2022
Whale Tales 2021: Saturday March 5th 2022
NOTE: The AGM will still go ahead on Nov 27th 4pm and a separate message will go out to members with a Zoom link for this AGM closer to the date.
Thank you so much for your support
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.The theme is ’30 years of Biological recording’ and we will be hearing from those who were involved in the group from the very beginning and we’ll be looking forward to how we can continue the group’s important conservation, research, welfare and education work.

Canola Pictures’ latest film, ‘Cabo Verde: Island Jewel’ will premiere on the Friday evening at 19:30, so bring a friend, it will be lovely. You can book the premiere HERE.
We will do our best to broadcast Whale Tales live from Sligo for those who cannot attend. A link will be shared before the event.
We will hold our AGM at 16:15 and members are encourage to attend.
Book your Whale Tales ticket HERE.


10:00 Welcome to Whale Tales 2021

Welcome to the IWDG Whale Tales meeting with CEO, Simon Berrow.

10:15 – 11:30 Session 1: Review of the Year

> Stranding’s Officer, Stephanie Levesque reflects on strandings for the year

> Sighting’s Officer, Pádraig Whooley will look back over interesting sightings over the year and the stories and people behind them

> Whale Track update with Pádraig Whooley

11:30-12:00 (COFFEE BREAK)


12:00 – 13:00 Session 2: Celtic Mist and summer surveys

>Celtic Mist news and 2021 summer survey stories with skippers Fiacc O’Brolcháin and Mick O’Meara

>Mags Daly, Shannon Dolphin Project manager on Bottlenose Dolphins in Brandon 

13:00-14:00 LUNCH


14:00 – 15:00 Session 3: Looking back at 30 years of Biological recording

>Where it began with Don Cotton

>Milling through the milestones

>How have the recording schemes informed conservation and welfare

>How can we use this research to develop meaningful MPA’s

>Stories of other functioning MPAs

Note: This session will invite input from experienced contributors in this field who have been involved in the group for many years.


15:00-15:15 (COFFEE BREAK)


15:15 – 16:00 Session 4: News from all corners

>How are we doing? with Trea Heapes, Group Co-ordinator

>Reaching out with Sibéal Regan, Education & Outreach Officer

>Looking ahead with our Local Groups