IWDG feature on RTE news and radio

12th Sep 2009 The IWDG were featured on RTE News and Seascapes on RTE Radio 1 yesterday regarding the recent cetacean strandings in Ireland.

The IWDG in partnership with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) recently carried out a two week survey of offshore deep-water canyons on the RV Celtic Explorer. This survey targeted beaked whales, a group of animals we know very little about and most have never been seen alive in Ireland although there are increasing numbers of live strandings on the Irish coast.

An unprecedented mass live stranding of 17 bottlenose dolphins in Tralee Bay, North Kerry on July 10th was followed by 10 pilot whales live stranding in the same location on July 29th.

During the Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey two bottlenose whales live stranded and died in Bantry Bay, Co Cork.

It is suspected that many strandings of deep-diving species are caused by acoustic trauma but at present no post-mortem examination of stranded cetaceans is being carried out in Ireland. The IWDG is trying to establish a PM scheme in association with the regional veterinary centres and local authority vets to build capacity and gain experience of cetacean pathology so we may be able to disgnose acoustic trauma and other causes of death in the future.

View the footage from RTE's Six One News Click Here

and RTE Seascapes Click Here (starts at 14:20).

simon berrow also did and interview with Philip Griffin on Naturetalk on Phoenix 92.5FM and a podcast can be downloaded on:


(starts after 7 minutes)

Dr Simon Berrow

IWDG Co-ordinator

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