The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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Tue28th Apr 2015

IWDG Chief science officer Dr. Simon Berrow will be speaking at Dublin Bay Conference and Celtic Mist will be open to visitors in Dublin Port opposite the 3 Arena, please come along and visit our vessel and learn about the work of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Dublin Port…

Celtic Mist open for visitors at Dublin Bay Conference 29th April
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Sun19th Apr 2015

Onlookers at Nimmo’s Pier in Galway over the past few days have enjoyed the rare opportunity to view a selection of Ireland’s marine mammals at very close quarters without disturbing the animals. We have observed a bottlenose dolphin at Nimmo's pier Thursday, Friday and Saturday, on occasions coming as close…

Bottlenose dolphin off Nimmo's Pier
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Tue14th Apr 2015

A recent paper produced as part of a joint research project by IWDG and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has been cited as a reason not to support the new Japanese whaling plan which tries to justify resumption of lethal scientific whaling.  The study was carried out as part of a PhD project…

Bubble feeding humpback whale
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Sun5th Apr 2015

Update: IWDG has learned that the live stranded minke whale which was refloated near Kenmare on Friday has been found dead at the shore in Tuosist, Co. Kerry. There is presently no post mortem scheme in place in Ireland, so it is very unlikely that we will ever establish what…

Stranded whale, Kenmare
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Wed1st Apr 2015

The IWDG are currently surveying for cetaceans onboard RV Celtic Explorer during the annual Marine Institute Blue Whiting survey.  For the first time both visual surveys and concurrent PAM, with the new IWDG towed hydrophone, are being carried out. The team comprise Aleksandra Borawska on Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), Inge…

sperm whale clicks
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Mon30th Mar 2015

Following legal and public consultation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) published the Conservation Plan for Cetaceans in Irish Waters in December 2009. This plan was in response to the European Court of Justices ruling that Ireland had failed to fulfil the requirements listed in the Habitats Directive regarding…

Humpback fluking off Kerry
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