2017

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group 2017 AGM

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING               Members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin G...

14th Sep 2017

Another 'Record' Year For Cetacean Strandings

Up to and including 2010, IWDG never received more than 150 validated cetacean stranding reports in any one year but things started to change in 2011 ...

8th Sep 2017

Life on the Edge on Celtic Mist

5 September 2017 The departure point for this years’ offshore cruise on Celtic Mist was Kilrush which we departed on Monday August 28th Augus...

5th Sep 2017

Whale Watch Ireland 2017 Results

On Saturday 26th August the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2017. This All–Ireland Whale Watch day comprised free,...

31st Aug 2017

Whale Watch Ireland 2017, Sat. 26th August

All–Ireland Whale Watch Day 2017 on Saturday 26th August, between 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Join us across Ireland at one of 20 land-based whale watc...

26th Aug 2017

Another view from our offshore waters

The annual inshore arrival of the commonly observed whale species like the minke, fin and humpback whales has been well documented by IWDG over many y...

19th Jul 2017

A Stunning Glimpse of Offshore Nature!

The trouble for anyone with an interest in the natural world is that 'offshore' wildlife is far more difficult to observe than its inshore equ...

6th Jul 2017

IWDG & Celtic Mist are at Seafest this weekend

    The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and its research vessel, the Celtic Mist, will be at Seafest in Galway this weekend, ...

29th Jun 2017

The sad passing of Dick Warner

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) are extremely saddened by the recent passing of award-winning broadcaster and environmentalist, Dick Warner. ...

19th Jun 2017

Humpback whale off Newcastle Co. Down ...Update 10th June

Report III, update 10th June The latest sighting report of this humpback whale was Friday evening off Bloody bridge, near Williams harbour at 20:30...

10th Jun 2017

IWDG & Celtic Mist are at the Dublin Port Riverfest this weekend

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will be taking part in the Dublin Port Riverfest this Bank Holiday weekend, 3rd – 5th June 2017.  ...

2nd Jun 2017

Celtic Mist Blog, 15th - 21st May

Marine Mammal Surveyors, Stephanie Levesque and Stephanie Linehan report on the Celtic Mist's Cruise from Baltimore to Crosshaven last week.  ...

26th May 2017

Not a usual Friday night!

Just as we were finishing in the office on Friday evening, Mick O'Connell (IWDG Strandings Officer), notified us that he'd received a call abo...

20th May 2017

IWDG celebrates National Biodiversity Week

To celebrate Ireland's National Biodiversity Week, May 19th - 28th, the IWDG is hosting a series of talks and guided land-based whale watches....

17th May 2017

Amazing sightings happening aboard the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s cruise this week.

Due to the success of the 2016 tour, the IWDG is again undertaking a cruise in 2017 to raise awareness of the importance of Irish waters as a whale an...

11th May 2017

Celtic Mist readying for upcoming season

Celtic Mist annually make over is well under way with great help from IWDG members. She was lifted Friday afternoon after Finbarr O’Connell and ...

24th Apr 2017

Probable “Bowhead” whale off the Stags, West Cork 17th April 2017

Probable “Bowhead” whale off the Stags, West Cork 17th April 2017. On Monday 17th April morning Whale Watch boat the MV Holly Jo left R...

18th Apr 2017

IWDG team join the Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey - Marine Mammal Report

Updated 9 April 2017 This year’s blue whiting acoustic survey began far off the Southwest coast on the Porcupine Bank. To get there we swappe...

8th Apr 2017

First humpback report of year reported to IWDG off Beara

Report II,  Update 5th April 2017 Great news today from our MMO Officer, Patrick Lyne who has reported the first humpback whale of the 2017/18...

5th Apr 2017

Common dolphins live strand in Cloghane, Co. Kerry

Four Common dolphins were stranded in Cloghane estuary at 11am on March 30th. Locals had noticed the four dolphins foraging as the tide was going out ...

30th Mar 2017

Strandings Network Meeting, Sat. 25th March, Kilrush

IWDG members are invited to attend our Strandings Network Meeting, which will include updates on strandings from around the country, the work of the t...

25th Mar 2017

Dolphin deaths in Ireland at record levels in 2017 UPDATE - 21 March 2017

UPDATE 21 MARCH 2017 IWDG have received a letter from Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys followi...

21st Mar 2017

Whale Tales evening and new IWDG West Clare Group

Our Whale Tales and Dolphin evening at the Sweeney Culturlann Library, Kilkee, was a great success on Friday night. The evening included a series of t...

5th Mar 2017

IWDG at the Dive Ireland International Expo, Athlone

The IWDG will be at the Dive Ireland International Expo in Athlone this weekend, March 4th and 5th. Come visit our stand and find out about whale ...

4th Mar 2017

Static Acoustic Monitoring array deployed in Dublin Bay

The IWDG is contracted by Dublin Port to deliver a Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan as part of the Alexandra Basin Re-Development. This plan involves mon...

25th Jan 2017

Identity of porpoise killers known to IWDG

On Jan 16th 2017 there was quite remarkable footage (below) and stills taken from Cork Harbour mouth which showed a pair of bottlenose dolphins attack...

24th Jan 2017

IWDG Contribute to the Atlas of Mammals, 2010-2015

The new Mammal Atlas published this week by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and National Parks and Wildlife Service is a huge achievement. Comil...

23rd Jan 2017

IWDG submission to Disposal at Sea Licence Application by Arklow Energy Ltd

IWDG recently made a submission to the EPA regarding the application by Arkow Energy Ltd., Wicklow to to remove up to 99,999 wet tonnes of materi...

17th Jan 2017

Live stranding of 2 Common Dolphins in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

UPDATE: The latest news is that three common dolphins were found at Dungarvan but only two were still alive when found. Both of  the live ...

15th Jan 2017

Cause of deaths of porpoise and seals washed up at Ardmore, Co Waterford

IWDG learnt about a number of seals and a cetacean washed up at Ardmore Co Waterford on Monday. We sent down a local member of our Strandings Network,...

13th Jan 2017

3 Common dolphins live strand in Tarbert, Co Kerry

Mick O’Connell, Strandings Officer with the IWDG is a lovely man but when you see his name pop up on your phone early on a Sunday morning, you k...

8th Jan 2017

IWDG appoint General Manager and Communications Officer

The IWDG are delighted to announce we have appointed Lorraine Bull as our new General Manager and Communications Officer. Lorraine has been a mem...

7th Jan 2017

Large whales move east along the Celtic Sea

A little bit closer to home than Sri Lanka..... Recent sighting reports to IWDG suggest that the annual eastward movement of large whales, namely f...

5th Jan 2017

New Year with the Blue Whales of Sri Lanka

This year I have been fortune enough to spend my Christmas and New Year travelling through South India and Sri Lanka.  It has been an amazing exp...

4th Jan 2017