The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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Tue16th Sep 2014

On Friday morning September 12th, I was in a bit of a rush to catch the Cape Clear ferry for the IWDG’s September whale watching weekend course.  I was either ignoring phone calls or keeping them brief. Then Nick Massett’s name appeared on my phone and I thought....better take this,…

Sei whale, Ventry, Co. Kerry 12/09/14
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Mon1st Sep 2014

We've all heard the mantra of 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle' repeated so many times over the last few years and there's no doubt it has had a huge effect on how we dispose of our waste compared to 30 years ago when everything went into the black bag or the fireplace.…

Common dolphin, Schull, Co. Cork
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Sat30th Aug 2014

On the weekend of 22nd July IWDG were pleased to run our first ever Wildlife-Watching Weekend on Rathlin Island, County Antrim. The idea of course was spurred on by the success of IWDG’s wildlife watching weekends on Ireland’s most Southerly Island, so we opted for the most Northerly Island off…

IWDG Rathlin Wildlife-Watching Weekend 2014
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Sun31st Aug 2014

The IWDG have submitted a proposal to the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) for  for a temporal restriction of seismic survey activity on  the slopes of the Irish Shelf and Porcupine Seabight.   The proposal stems from an increasing body of evidence which indicates that the Irish Shelf Slopes and Porcupine…

Seismic Airguns
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Tue9th Sep 2014

12 September 2014 The IWDG CVI 2014 expedition has ended in Mindelo, Sao Vicente after an astonishing two weeks. The last few days have continued to surprise us with killer whales off Sao Nicolau and another mother calf pair, plus an escort (presumably a male) off Branco. We have never recorded…

Gervais beaked whale
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Fri22nd Aug 2014

The latest IWDG filming collaboration was completed yesterday 21st August in West Kerry; and was the culmination of planning which began as far back as August 2013 with the BBC Natural History Unit, who were commissioned by the "BBC One show" to film humpback whales for their popular wildlife slot. …

Humpback breaching off Co. Kerry 20/08/2014
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