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

Whale of a Job

A group of people in Ireland interested in whales and dolphins met 28 years ago in Dublin. They formed the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group to try and im...

7th Nov 2018

Cetaceans of the Celtic Sea_Part 3

IWDG Science Officer Seán O'Callaghan reports from RV Celtic Explorer after the third and final week of the annual Celtic Sea Herring ...

31st Oct 2018

Cuvier's Beaked Whales UME- a Conservation Issue

30 October 2018 The spate of beaked whale strandings reported to the IWDG has finished. There is little to report regarding the UME. The Irish gove...

30th Oct 2018

IWDG Local Groups

Ther IWDG have been encouraging lkocal members to form local groups in their area to meet up with like-minded people and improving local recordin...

30th Oct 2018

Access to IWDG Sighting and Stranding Data

The IWDG whale and dolphin recording schemes are the backbone of the IWDG.  This is the source of information on what occurs where and when and i...

18th Oct 2018

This Island Nation: IWDG on how whales and dolphins reflect the health of our marine ecosytems

IWDG contribution to his months This Island Nation concerns the role of whales and dolphins as sentinel species, reflecting the health of ou...

3rd Oct 2018

Cape Verde 2018 - Updated

Saturday 29 September blog by Kate Yeoman, Maio Biodiversity Foundation It’s been eventful!  We are currently in the last leg of o...

29th Sep 2018

Martin Colfer RIP

It's with great sadness that the IWDG heard of the death of Martin Colfer of Duncannon. IWDG first met Martin when we chartered his fine catamaran...

6th Sep 2018

Mystery whale off St. Johns Pt./Minerstown area Aug. 11th 2018?

IWDG has been following up on a rather intriguing sighting of a large mammal which is presumed to be a whale species that was both observed and photog...

6th Sep 2018

Celtic Mist sailing from Fenit to Cork

5 September 2018 Since the exciting views of Bottlenose dolphins in Brandon bay the crew of the Celtic Mist had to work hard to spot cetaceans in b...

4th Sep 2018

Whale Watch Ireland 2018 results

On Saturday 25th August the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2018. All–Ireland Whale Watch day, now in its 18th yea...

29th Aug 2018

Where do humpback whales in Ireland come from ?

  Watch a recent presentation by Dr Simon Berrow for TEDx Ballybofey on humpback whale migration. TEDx Ballybofey was an independently orga...

23rd Aug 2018

Paraglide in aid of the IWDG

Young Clare resident, Joshua Quinton, offered to undertake a sponsored paraglide to help raise money to buy the IWDG a new jeep.  After a number ...

10th Aug 2018

Unusual beaked whale strandings in Northwest...Update!

UPDATE More coming in, from Inishboffin, Inisowen and a floating carcass seen from Celtic Explorer this morning may have been a beaked whale !! ...

7th Aug 2018

IWDG wishes Welfare Officer Paul Kiernan well in Rome

  It is with regret the IWDG say goodbye and thanks to Paul Kiernan as he heads off to Italy on a new posting at the Irish Embassy. Paul ...

1st Aug 2018

IWDG on RTE 1 Nationwide, Mon. 30th July @ 19:00

Update 31st July 2018....For those of you who missed last night's whale programme on RTE Nationwide, it's available on this link on RTE Player...

31st Jul 2018

Derry to Galway on Celtic Mist

by Alexandra McInturf On Monday, July 16th, Celtic Mist floated among the many clippers docked in Lough Foyle, all of which were adorned with colou...

23rd Jul 2018

Celtic Mist completes its most ambitious journey

Celtic Mist arrived in Derry on Sunday night after a 4000km, eight week expedition to Iceland. Read about the final leg of this at http://...

20th Jul 2018

Whale and Dolphin Identification Course

IWDG in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre are hosting a one day course at the IWDG headquarters in Kilrush, Co Clare. &...

16th Jul 2018

Read about Final leg of Ireland to Iceland 2018

The final leg of Ireland to Iceland 2018, IWDG Humpback whale Expedition to Iceland has just been completed.  Six weeks after leaving Dublin, Cel...

4th Jul 2018

Celtic Mist finally gets around the Horn

Tuesday 19th June: With a fresh crew on board, which included our new skipper Mick O' Meara and some old IWDG heads like Conal O' Flanagan ...

3rd Jul 2018

IWDG submission to Consultation on Restriction of Pair Trawling

Consultation Paper on Minister’s Review of  Trawling Activity Inside the 6 Nautical Mile Zone Submission from the Irish Whale and Dolph...

20th Jun 2018

First photographs of Humpback whales: Report on week 2 of Ireland to Iceland

Read about our second survey week "West Fjords weather not doing us many favours" at http://www.iwdg.ie/iceland2018/post.php?id=9 Fi...

17th Jun 2018

Whale watching in Ireland: ‘The first humpback was a giant’

Abundant marine wildlife, from whales to storm petrels, is just an hour from the Wild Atlantic Way.  Read Paddy Woodworth's trip out on th...

16th Jun 2018

Report of the Celtic Mist's first completed first week of Ireland-Iceland.

Ireland to Iceland: Week 1 The first week on the IWDG humpback whale expedition to Iceland was very successful.  After a great reception in Re...

13th Jun 2018

Keep track of the action on our blogs & vlogs page

The IWDG's Celtic Mist set sail from Dublin on Friday, 25th May to embark on a historic expedition to Iceland. You can catch up with what the c...

28th May 2018

Celtic Mist sets sail to Iceland for its longest sea voyage ever !

Celtic  Mist, formerly owned by Charles J. Haughey and now a research vessel owned by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, sets sail today to ...

24th May 2018

IWDG Expedition launch, Sun 20th May

To celebrate the official launch of the IWDG's 2018 expedition to Iceland, Inis and the IWDG will be at Grand Canal Quay from 2 pm - 5 pm on Sunda...

20th May 2018

IWDG celebrates National Biodiversity Week

National Biodiversity Week runs from May 19th - 27th, 2018.  The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have a series of events over the week to spread th...

13th May 2018

Follow our expedition to Iceland

Preparations for our expedition to Iceland are in full swing. Volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks, with painting and saili...

12th May 2018

Minke whales in record aggregations in West Cork

In recent weeks we've been receiving sighting reports from skipper Colin Barnes, Cork Whale Watch of quite astonishing numbers of minke whales tha...

2nd May 2018

Joshua Quinton's paraglide for the IWDG

A big thanks and well done to Joshua Quinton! Joshua completed his paraglide to raise funds for the IWDG on Bank Holiday Monday. He's raised an am...

7th Apr 2018

IWDG welcome humpback #HBIRL86 to Ireland

The early flurry of humpback whale activity off the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork last week culminated in good enough sea conditions on 31st March for IWD...

5th Apr 2018

First humpbacks of 2018 Whale season....UPDATE

Report II. 31st March 2018 For any wildlife enthusiasts or whale watchers who'd like to try and see these humpback whales, especially if you ar...

30th Mar 2018

Porpoises in the Shannon Estuary 20th March 2018

What makes for an interesting cetacean sighting record?  Take the most recent sightings feature we wrote up here on www.iwdg.ie, which was Nick M...

22nd Mar 2018

Killer whales off Blaskets on RTE News, 7th March

For those of you who missed tonight's main RTE News, click on this link and scroll down to end of article for footage of the two killer whales kno...

7th Mar 2018

Killer whale, John Coe in Dingle Bay, 5th March 2018.

Yesterday morning, Monday 5th March was a rare day of calm seas, but was all the motivation that IWDG's Nick Massett needed to brush the snow off ...

5th Mar 2018

Strandings Update

 2017 had an unusually high number of strandings in Ireland with 263 recorded, way up on previous years. However, as we come to the end of Februa...

27th Feb 2018

80 dolphins found dead on Irish Beaches so far in 2018

As we reach the end of February 2018, we now have an unprecedented 80 dead dolphins (mostly common dolphins) on Irish beaches. To give some idea of th...

26th Feb 2018

IWDG at Ballynature, Co Antrim, Sat 24th Feb

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) are at the Ballynature event in Ballynure village, Co. Antrim, this Saturday, 24th Februar...

23rd Feb 2018

Common Dolphins Dying in Ever Increasing Numbers in Ireland

For the last seven years or so, the news from Ireland's seashore has become something of a broken record in late winter/early spring. Each year, t...

19th Feb 2018

IWDG Cetacean ID and recording workshop, Sat. 21st April 2018

About the Event Workshop Leader: Pádraig Whooley, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group Sightings Officer Venue: National Biodiversity Data Cen...

15th Feb 2018

Large whale watching off the southeast.

Report update, Feb. 8th 2018 Andrew Malcolm reports another Co. Waterford fin whale sighting yesterday Wed. 7th Feb. in the area 5-10 Km south of H...

8th Feb 2018

Recovery of dolphins for post-mortem ongoing

Two dolphins were recovered by the IWDG from Co Kerry today for post-mortem examination.  thisfollows two more recovered on Saturday, one from no...

28th Jan 2018

Listen to the Radio One documentary on the

Marine debris in the ocean has become a very hot topic with recent studies of the incidence of extent of plastic contamination of our oceans including...

18th Jan 2018