JOIN US - On the Trail of the Whale with IWDG

Quick Links

IWDG Membership - Join Now!

For professional services go to

Latest Sightings & Strandings

Core Sponsors


Reflections and images on the Trail of the Whale

Six counties, six venues, one month completed on the Trail of Whale - with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.  There has been great support from ...

2nd Feb 2019

Return of Galway's bottlenose dolphin to Nimmo's pier.

IWDG have just received and validated a sighting this morning by Andrew Morgans of a solitary "dolphin" off the Nimmo's Pier area of Gal...

28th Jan 2019

Shannon LNG: is using bottlenose dolphins as a key issue in this debate misplaced?

Next week there is a judicial review of the planning application issued to Shannon LNG to construct a liquefied natural gas plant (LNG) terminal ...

27th Jan 2019

Celtic Mist 2019 Summer Surveys announced

The IWDG research vessel Celtic Mist will carry out a series of week-long surveys over this coming summer. Our target is humpback whale...

20th Jan 2019

IWDG plan the way forward ...

The new Three-Year Plan for the IWDG has just been published.  Any organisation with high amibitions and limited resources need to...

12th Jan 2019

Mystery whale carcass offshore Co. Waterford.

During a routine Naval Service patrol today (December 28th), the L.É. SAMUEL BECKETT came across a large white object floating some 53nm southe...

28th Dec 2018

End of year reflections on This Island Nation

Dr Simon Berrow, CEO of the IWDG contributes a monthly piece to This Island Nation digital radio. Here he reflects on the year past and looks ahe...

26th Dec 2018

IWDG welcome trawler ban within 6nmls

The IWDG welcome the announcement from Minister Creed that vessels  > 18m in length will be restricted from fishing within 6nmls from the coas...

21st Dec 2018

A pod of people at the IWDG annual gathering

The annual gathering of IWDG members took place at the Waterways Ireland Centre in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin in early December. Our AGM is an opportuni...

16th Dec 2018

Breaking news: Common dolphin in Dublin's River Liffey...updates

Report update IV @ 10:00am 29/11/2018:  With over 2 hours of daylight this morning without any further sighting reports, we remain optimistic tha...

29th Nov 2018

Offshore whale and dolphin surveys published

Research from the largest offshore whale and dolphin survey ever conducted in Ireland and probably the largest ever in Europe were published today. Th...

23rd Nov 2018

Pair trawling for Sprat

The IWDG recently posted on Facebook about two trawlers fishing in the mouth of the Shannon Estuary: "Two pair trawlers seen entering the Shan...

22nd Nov 2018

Killer whales off Dublin Sat. 17th November

Yesterday afternoon the phone started ringing from IWDG members in Dublin who had seen a story on social media about killer whales that were filmed fr...

19th Nov 2018

John O'Shea, Achill RIP

I drove to Achill Island today to pick up a dead dolphin for post-mortem.  Achill was one of the very first places I visited when I cam...

10th Nov 2018
Read More