The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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Wed16th Apr 2014

As part of the construction of a jetty at Sal Rei on Boavista, Cape Verde blasting is planned .  This site is breeding area for humpback whales that IWDG have been studying since 2003 as we think it could be the breeding grounds of humpbacks visiting Ireland.    IWDG, in…

Blasting planned in Cape Verde humpback breeding lagoon
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Tue8th Apr 2014

On 1 April (yes I know), while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore in the Mediterranean Sea, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete.  Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for the strandings were only the most…

Cuviers beaked whale washed up on Crete
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Thu3rd Apr 2014

Tullan Strand, Co. Donegal cetacean bonanza.   We often get "multiple species" sightings reports sent into us, but they are generally boat-based and more often than not are from the south or southwest hotspots and such observations would tend to be later in the year. So against this backdrop, the…

Bottlenose dolphin, Tullan Strand, Donegal April 1st
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Tue1st Apr 2014

We often get cetacean images sent to us by members of the public. They are sometimes reasonable "record shots" that help us confirm which species the recorder has seen, and as such are very helpful to IWDG and more often than not the recorder is delighted to have a mystery…

Risso's dolphins, Saltees 21/07/2013
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Tue1st Apr 2014

The IWDG welcomes yesterday’s ruling by the International Court of Justice ordering a temporary halt to the annual Japanese ‘scientific whaling’ programme in the Southern Ocean.  By 12 votes to four the court found that Japan’s scientific whaling programme, JARPA II, did not constitute scientific research as defined under International…

A major win for Cetacean Welfare
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Sun30th Mar 2014

A sighting report from our man on the cliffs at Slea Head, Co. Kerry, Nick Massett, suggests that the 2014 whale watch season may be gearing up. On Friday 28th he had a nice watch in reasonable sea states which produced sightings of c30 common dolphins and what is likely…

Minke whale, Blaskets 2nd June 2013
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