Additional actions agreed in the interest of the safety of people swimming off Inis Oírr

30th Jul 2015

Following recent incidents, involving interaction between the wild dolphin off Inis Oírr and people swimming off the beach on the Island, a number of actions have been agreed following a meeting held on Monday 20th July between Comhar Caomhán Teo, Galway County Council and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

The agreed actions include:
- Adding to the notices erected around the island last summer about the wild dolphin
- Additional notices to be posted on the island this year to inform people about the wild dolphin
- Displaying notices in the offices of the ferry and air companies with services to Inis Oírr
- Officers from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have given a talk to primary and secondary school students on the island about the life of whales and dolphins and in particular, solitary dolphins
- Lifeguards have been provided with additional written instructions to advise people about the wild dolphin when it approaches the beach and how to respond

Visitors are being advised to read the advisory notices before swimming on the island.

These additional measures will, with the co-operation of visitors to the island, assist in avoiding interaction with the wild dolphin and will ensure people visiting Inis Oírr continue to have an enjoyable and safe visit.

For more information contact:

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group:
Tel: 086 8545450
welfare@iwdg.ie

Comhar Caomhán Teo:
Tel: 099 75008
ccteo@eircom.net