IWDG research featured on new RTE 1 programme on dolphins

20th Jun 2014

Check out the recent RTE programme on dolphins in Ireland screened on Sunday 22 June

 

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10295732/

 

IWDG research on dolphins, including from Celtic Mist will be shown on Sunday June 22 at 6;30 pm on RTE1 in the first part of four documentaries on 'Ireland's Ocean'. IWDG have been trying to develop a better understanding of the ecological role of common dolphins in order to inform fisheries management. Common dolphins are importasnt in the Celtic Sea, especially in the winter and this area is part of a project to develop an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Managemnent.

'Ireland's Ocean' is a major new four part ocean wildlife series for RTÉ One exploring the wonderful and diverse creatures that live in the seas around Ireland, from dolphins and sharks to plankton and the myriad of tiny colourful creatures that live in our shallow waters.

From the RTE Press release : PROGRAMME 1 – DOLPHINS

There are 27,000 common dolphins living in Irish waters and half the European population of bottlenose dolphins, and yet we still have limited knowledge of things like their diets and breeding habits. In this programme we follow scientists Dr. Joanne O’Brien and Dr. Simon Berrow as they unveil the secrets of dolphin social groups and look at the welfare of dolphins in Irish waters. Simon investigates what may be causing dead dolphins to wash up at an alarming rate on our Atlantic shores.

Dusty is a solitary bottlenose dolphin that has been living off the Clare coast for ten years. In the summer of 2013, she made global headlines when she attacked several swimmers, causing serious injury. We meet people who have built their lives around developing a relationship with Dusty and hear from Dr. Simon Berrow what exactly might be going on

Check out RTE trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQW52Osx3Tc

and a recent article in the Irish Independent

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/warning-about-dangers-of-playing-with-friendly-dolphins-30373960.html