2005

Australia's Greens Want Japanese Whalers Watched

Australia should send a navy ship to monitor a Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, Australia's minority Greens party said on Friday, as the ...

28th Dec 2005

Japan Resumes Whaling After Escape Bid - Greenpeace

A Japanese whaling fleet has started whaling again after spending more than 40 hours trying to escape Greenpeace protesters in remote icy waters near ...

28th Dec 2005

Japan Whalers, Greenpeace in Remote Ocean Battle

A Japanese whaling fleet and Greenpeace environmental activists are involved in a stand-off in the remote Southern Ocean near the coast of Antarctica ...

23rd Dec 2005

EU Strikes Deal on Fish Quotas, Aims to Save Cod

EU ministers struck a deal early on Thursday over maximum 2006 catches, restricting the days trawlers can spend at sea to try to prevent species like ...

23rd Dec 2005

EU Ministers Scrutinise Latest Offer on Fish Quotas

EU fisheries ministers crossed swords on Wednesday over next year's permitted catches, trying to win the best deal for national fleets while preventin...

22nd Dec 2005

Scores of Stranded Whales Rescued off New Zealand

More than 100 pilot whales stranded on a beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island were refloated by volunteers on Wednesday and conservation off...

22nd Dec 2005

Norway expands hunt into international waters and ups quota

Despite an international moratorium Norway plans to increase its whale hunt in 2006 to the highest level in more than two decades, killing 1,052 minke...

22nd Dec 2005

EU Ministers Open Haggling Marathon on Fish Quotas

Europe's fisheries chief made a first gesture on Tuesday towards a deal on next year's permitted EU catches, offering slightly more generous volumes f...

21st Dec 2005

New IWDG database search facilities on-line

New search facilities including the ability to map strandings and explore land-based effort watch data are now available.You can now look at a map and...

21st Dec 2005

EU States Face Legal Action over Whales, Dolphins

EU member states must do more to protect their dolphins, whales and porpoises from dangers like pollution and illegal fishing or face legal action, th...

21st Dec 2005

Irish Sea Common Dolphin Atlas of Seasonal Distribution and Relative Abundance

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17th Dec 2005

Environmentalists Say Shell Hits Whale Feeding

Construction of an oil platform in a Shell-led project off Eastern Russia disrupted feeding by rare Western Pacific grey whales in recent months, two ...

15th Dec 2005

Daring rescue of whale off Farallones.

A humpback whale freed by divers from a tangle of crab trap lines near the Farallon Islands nudged its rescuers and flapped around in what marine expe...

14th Dec 2005

Fin whales widely distributed along south coast......Update!

Simultaneous sightings of fin whales reported to IWDG on Mon. 12th December from Counties Wexford, Waterford and Cork (east & west)....

13th Dec 2005

Arctic orcas highly contaminated

Killer whales have become the most contaminated mammals in the Arctic, new research indicates.BBC...

12th Dec 2005

EU Court Raps Ireland for Faulty Fisheries Data

The European Union's highest court ruled on Thursday Ireland broke EU fishery laws some six years ago by not giving proper data on stocks and numbers ...

9th Dec 2005

UK - Illegally set nets trap harbour porpoise

A dead female harbour porpoise found entangled in illegally set nets in St. Austell Bay on 4th December. Officers from the Environment Agency seized o...

8th Dec 2005

Senegal's Fishermen Scour Exhausted Waters

The prow of his pirogue slicing through the glistening waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Maketdiaye makes his way back to shore to sell his catch - 10 sma...

6th Dec 2005

A SMART idea to reduce bycatch could net you $25,000!

WWF have launched the second International Smart Gear Competition this week. Intended to inspire and reward innovative ideas to reduce bycatch, the c...

5th Dec 2005

Pygmy sperm whale strands in North Kerry - Update !

A pygmy sperm whale, one of the rarest cetacean species recorded in Ireland, has been found washed up in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry.The whale was found by ...

30th Nov 2005

New paper on whalewatching on Atlantic islands

As a result of an IWDG hosted workshop on whalewatching, a new paper on whalewatching on Atlantic Islands has recently been published by the Royal Iri...

30th Nov 2005

UN Vote Urges Fishing Limits to Protect Turtles

The UN General Assembly urged governments and fisheries management groups on Monday to take urgent steps to protect endangered sea turtles and sea bir...

29th Nov 2005

Big whales starting to return in numbers

It looks like the inshore movement of large baleen whales may be building up a head of steam along the Irish south coast.Land based effort watches by ...

29th Nov 2005

UN says Sonar Threatens Dolphin and Whale Survival

Increased naval military manoeuvres and submarine sonars in the world's oceans are threatening dolphins, whales and porpoises that depend on sound to ...

24th Nov 2005

UN urges protection for dolphins

The United Nations says additional protection measures are needed for dolphins and small whales.BBC...

23rd Nov 2005

Greenpeace Vows to Disrupt Japanese Whaling

Greenpeace activists will put their lives on the line to disrupt this year's Japanese whaling hunt, the group said on Friday.Planet Ark...

21st Nov 2005

Website hits exceeds 20,000 per month

In October 2005, the total number of hits per month on www.iwdg.ie has exceeded 20,000 for first time since the launch of this website....

21st Nov 2005

Whale found washed up on island

The body of a 35ft (10.7m) injured whale has been found washed up near the Isle of Wight.BBC...

20th Nov 2005

Improvement in weather bears fruit (.....whales)

The change from the low pressure Atlantic weather systems, which resulted in the recent drought in cetacean sightings, has thankfully ended, as high p...

15th Nov 2005

Third pilot whale for south coast, at Carne Co Wexford

A third pilot whale in less than a week has been reported this Sunday 13th November stranded along the south coast, this time in Wexford. IWDG Directo...

13th Nov 2005

2nd Dead Pilot Whale on Garretstown Beach, Cork in a week.

On Fri. 11th Nov 2005 a 2nd dead pilot whale was reported to IWDG as washed up on White Strand, Garretstown, Co. Cork. Is this a statistically freak ...

11th Nov 2005

Japanese Fleet Sets Out to Double Whale Catch

A Japanese whaling fleet set out for the Antarctic on Tuesday on its first hunt after the country doubled its target catch -- a move condemned by anti...

9th Nov 2005

Live Common dolphin stranding in Co Wexford

Local NPWS ranger, Tony Murray answered a call from Carne coastguard and found a live stranded, female Common dolphin....

7th Nov 2005

Beaked whale species in Killala Bay area

The report from John Kilcullen, Enniscrone, was of a medium sized whale that is most likely to be one of the rarely seen beaked whales. This unusual ...

4th Nov 2005

US Proposes Protections for Imperiled Right Whales

Some of the world's last Pacific right whales will get special protections in the Bering Sea to boost the animals' chances of avoiding extinction, the...

3rd Nov 2005

Bottlenose dolphins off Dun Laoghaire pier, Dublin

The IWDG have received another report of dolphins from Dun Laoghaire pier in Scotsman's Bay on Wed. 2nd Nov. 2005....

3rd Nov 2005

New blow for dolphin campaigners

Greenpeace has lost another attempt to reverse a government ban on "pair trawling" off Devon and Cornwall.BBC...

1st Nov 2005

Superb whale watching off Irish south coast

The light winds during the week finally produced flat calm waters off the Irish south coast, and with the big calm came some amazing whale watching....

13th Oct 2005

Dolphin live-strands on Garryvoe Beach, East Cork

The IWDG received a call from Liz Erangey at 11:00 am on Tues. 4th Oct. 2005 that she was attending to a live-stranded dolphin at Garryvoe Beach, East...

4th Oct 2005

Footage reveals threat to stunning Irish corals

Researchers have released the first ever video footage of spectacular cold-water, deep-ocean coral reefs, found off the coast of Ireland, in a bid to ...

28th Sep 2005

Co-researchers Needed

Have you had a significant encounter with a wild animal? Perhaps it affected your life in some way?Tony Hegarty is doing an M.Sc. thesis at Liverpool ...

24th Sep 2005

Likely Killer whale pod re-sighting

Recent communiqués with Dr. Don Cotton, Sligo IT, on his sighting of a group of 4 killer whales from Mullaghmore Hd, Co. Sligo, in Donegal Bay on 17t...

23rd Sep 2005

Field work hampered by whales and weather

Now in year 3 of the IWDG's “Large Whale Project” we embarked on three days of field work between 14th -17th Sept. 2005, in West Cork. Alas, condit...

19th Sep 2005

Likely fin whales in Blasket Sound, Kerry.

On Sat 10th Sept, Dave Wall, IWDG, alerted local observers that he had observed what he was 90% confident was a fin whale feeding in the Blasket Sound...

12th Sep 2005

Another dolphin injury in Co. Clare

A German tourist is in intensive care after colliding with the "friendly" dolphin in Co. Clare....

6th Sep 2005

Bottlenose dolphins now in Cork harbour.

Mick Mc Carthy, Assistant Harbour Master, Cork Harbour reports dolphins bowriding container ships infront of Cobh am 02 Sept 05. These have been posit...

2nd Sep 2005

Bottlnose dolphins now in Youghal, East Cork

As I type 10:56 am 1st Sept 2005, IWDG members have informed us that they've been watching bottlenose dolphins inside Youghal Harbour just out from t...

1st Sep 2005

Striped dolphin pair strand in Donegal

IWDG received a call at 13:00 28th Aug. from Ross Bartley of Crossing the Lines Films that they encountered a mother and calf striped dolphin pair on...

29th Aug 2005

Bottlenose dolphins off Ownahincha, near Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Lifeguards at Ownahincha Strand contacted IWDG this morning 24th Aug. to report dolphins between Long Strand and Galley Head....

24th Aug 2005

Northern Bottlenose Whale update

Several IWDG members and locals travelled to the site on Sat 20th to monitor the situation, but the northern bottlenose whale, which had been seen eac...

20th Aug 2005

Amazing opportunity to see northern bottlenose whale

An adult bottlenose whale has been seen swimming and occasionally breaching in Pullen Harbour, near Castletownbere, Beara, Co Cork over the last 4 day...

18th Aug 2005

Return of #HBIRL3, “Boomerang

Whale watch operator Colin Barnes contacted IWDG today from nine miles south of the Stags, West Cork, to report the 1st sighting of the year of this h...

15th Aug 2005

Northern bottlenose whale in Cork harbour.

A northern bottlenose whale appeared in Ringaskiddy, Cork harbour this afternoon. The animal appeared weak and disoriented and spent much of the after...

9th Aug 2005

Department of Marine issue Marine Notice on Whalewatching

The Department of Marine have recently issued a marine notice for all operators and skippers of recreational craft on guidelines for correct procedure...

9th Aug 2005

Whale Watch Ireland 2005 results

We are delighted to report that Whale Watch Ireland 2005 was a big success, attracting in excess of 1,275 people to 10 headlands throughout the four p...

3rd Aug 2005

Bottlenose dolphins along the east coast

There has been a lot of dolphin activity reported to the IWDG in the past 72 hours, from inshore waters along the East coast. On validation of these ...

15th Jul 2005

Results of IWDG 2nd Cape Clear course

Blessed with light winds, calm seas and blue skies, this 2nd weekend whale watching course on Cape Clear Island was always going to produce good resul...

11th Jul 2005

Bottlenose bonanza off Ardfield, West Cork

On Thursday evening, July 7th, whale watch operator Colin Barnes reported to the IWDG an unusual sighting for West Cork, of a large group of bottlenos...

7th Jul 2005

Japan's whaling bid frustrated

Conservationists at the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting won a hollow victory in Ulsan, Korea, this week. While pro-whaling initiativ...

24th Jun 2005

Group Rejects Japanese Plans for Coastal Whale Hunt

Japan suffered yet another setback on Thursday in its bid for more whaling when an international commission rejected a plea to allow Japanese coastal ...

24th Jun 2005

Reform likely on whaling process

The International Whaling Commission's annual meeting has ended with the usual impasse between pro- and anti- groups.BBC...

24th Jun 2005

Australia Hopes Japan Accepts Anti-Whaling Vote

Australia hopes Japan will take note of strong international anti-whaling sentiment but still expects Tokyo to look for other ways to restart commerci...

24th Jun 2005

Anti-Whaling States Aim for Sanctuaries, Hunt Curbs

Anti-whaling countries will try to thwart a Japanese-led attempt on Wednesday to abolish a whale sanctuary in the southern seas and condemn Tokyo for ...

24th Jun 2005

'Accidental' whaling scrutinised

Every year for a decade or so, Ulsan has celebrated its past with a whaling festival in two town parks, one just by the Whale Museum and, now, the Wha...

24th Jun 2005

Japan puts whale burger on menu

A small chain of restaurants in northern Japan has started serving whale burgers.BBC...

24th Jun 2005

Japanese whaling 'science' rapped

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has condemned Japan's plan to increase the scale of its catches in the name of scienc...

24th Jun 2005

Dolphin pod jeopardised by boats

Police have condemned the behaviour of a group of people who nearly killed a pod of dolphins in Cornwall.BBC...

22nd Jun 2005

Caribbean call to resume whaling

Caribbean and African delegates to the International Whaling Commission have told the BBC they would like to begin commercial whaling.BBC...

22nd Jun 2005

Whale Hunters and Conservationists Battle

The 66-member International Whaling Commission (IWC), split over whether to resume commercial whaling, began a weeklong meeting on Monday in the forme...

22nd Jun 2005

Dog Stew Diners Puzzled by Fuss over Whale Meat

Waitress Pak Suk-kyun brings a bowl of dog stew to a table of hungry South Korean men and wonders why people are making such a fuss about eating whale...

22nd Jun 2005

Anti-Whaling States Aim to Condemn Japan Programme

Anti-whaling nations chastised Japan on Tuesday for its plans to double the number of whales it catches under its scientific whaling programme, which ...

22nd Jun 2005

Japan Loses Commercial Whaling Vote

Japan lashed out at anti-whaling nations on Tuesday after its proposal to resume limited commercial hunting was voted down by an international commiss...

22nd Jun 2005

Dolphin Days on the Irish Sea with Irish Ferries

Anyone travelling by ferry across the Irish Sea should bring a good pair of binoculars as a dolphin bonanza is there to be enjoyed.On Tuesday 21st Jun...

22nd Jun 2005

Third likely fin whale sighting in June for Dublin

Hot on the heels of a sighting on June 6th of a fin whale one mile east of Rockabill, we've now received a report of two large whales off Howth Head o...

21st Jun 2005

Sowerby's whale successfully exhumed

A delegation from the IWDG led by Dave Wall, Mac & Darrel McCormick located the interred carcass of the female Sowreby's whale that was buried on Ball...

21st Jun 2005

Pro-Whaling Nations Eye Taking Control of IWC

Pro-whaling nations suffered an early setback on Monday by losing a key vote at an international whaling meeting where they are aiming to take a major...

21st Jun 2005

Anti-whalers carry first sessions

Despite the fears of conservationists, anti-whaling nations carried the first day of this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting.BBC...

20th Jun 2005

Pro-whaling bloc loses first vote

Pro-whaling nations have lost two early votes as this year's International Whaling Commission meeting began. BBC...

20th Jun 2005

Japan pushes whale meat revival

Schoolchildren in the western coastal district of Wakayama are now being offered an unusual addition to their lunch menus... Whale.BBC...

20th Jun 2005

Key Facts about International Whaling Commission

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the only international forum devoted to whales, begins on June 20 in Ulsan, South Ko...

20th Jun 2005

Whaling Interests Clash in Meeting Over Marine Mammals

The main session of the International Whaling Commission opens on Monday with pro-whaling nations pushing to catch more whales despite international o...

20th Jun 2005

June Cape (not so) Clear whale watching course results

You can attempt to whale watch in almost all conditions, with varying degrees of success; but fog is not one of them. This was the situation that pre...

19th Jun 2005

Britain's sharks 'moving north'

Britain's biggest fish appears to be moving to Scottish waters - and experts say it may be down to global warming.BBC...

17th Jun 2005

Court Orders Protection for Pacific Right Whales

A federal judge has ordered the US government to draw up plans to protect North Pacific right whales, thought to have been extinct until they were red...

17th Jun 2005

Ocean freshens up

Measurement of fresh water entering the Atlantic will help climate predictions.Nature...

16th Jun 2005

Tsunami Pushes Leatherback Turtles towards Brink

They survived the dinosaurs, but leatherback turtles may have moved one step closer to extinction when last December's tsunami washed away some of the...

15th Jun 2005

South Africa Opposes Japan's Plan to Expand Whale Hunt

South Africa will next week seek to defeat a Japanese proposal to expand whale hunting as it would threaten a growing industry catering to people who ...

15th Jun 2005

Vote on Japan's Whale Hunt Very Close - Australia

Australia's bid to defeat a Japanese plan to expand whale hunting rests with just one or two votes, Environment Minister Ian Campbell said on Thursday...

10th Jun 2005

Dolphin Mums Teach Daughters How to Use Tools

Dolphin mothers in Western Australia teach their daughters how to use a sponge to forage for food, yet another example of how animals learn to use too...

9th Jun 2005

Likely fin whale sighting off Dublin

A large baleen whale has been reported by Jim Corbett on Mon. 6 June, one mile east of Rockabill, off Skerries, Co. Dublin, from a yacht en route from...

8th Jun 2005

New IWDG 5 Year plan

The IWDG recently adopted a new 5 year plan. Since 2000, the IWDG has grown into a credible, effective NGO with a growing membership and increasing i...

7th Jun 2005

Australia Courts Island Nations to Stop Whaling

Australia will lobby South Pacific island nations this week to try to head off Japan's push to increase its annual whale hunt as Canberra steps up its...

7th Jun 2005

Group Sues to Protect Alaska Sea Otters

Environmentalists have sued the US Interior Department for taking too long to put Alaska sea otters on the threatened species list.PLanet Ark...

7th Jun 2005

Med threat from 'concrete coasts'

At the crossroads of three continents, the Mediterranean is the largest semi-enclosed sea in the world.BBC...

6th Jun 2005

Japanese Whale Eaters Dig in Despite Foreign Outcry

It is rare for a cooking class to court political controversy, but in Tokyo on Saturday, the Women's Forum for Fish was doing just that, teaching whal...

6th Jun 2005

UN Asked to Ban Fishing Practice, Save Sea Turtle

Costa Rica and more than 1,000 scientists from around the world will ask the United Nations on Monday to ban a form of industrial fishing they say men...

6th Jun 2005

Mass Whale Stranding at Two Australian Beaches

Up to 160 whales became stranded on two beaches on Australia's southwest coast on Thursday after two pods beached themselves.PLanet Ark...

3rd Jun 2005

Australia to Lead Protest Against Japan's Whaling

Australia will lead 15 countries including Ireland, Britain, France and Germany in a protest on Thursday against Japan's plans to expand its annual wh...

3rd Jun 2005

Large whales return to the south coast after spring break.

On 29 May, IWDG member, Andrew Malcolm, who is a regular watcher off Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, observed at least five fin whales and another s...

31st May 2005

EU Urges Tougher Penalties for Illegal Fishing

Fines for illegal fishing in Europe are a drop in the ocean, the European Union's executive Commission said on Monday, urging states to punish those w...

31st May 2005

Firemen Rescue Whale from French Beach

Three inflatable boats and a tug rescued a 30-tonne whale from a French beach on Wednesday where the mammal had got stuck, the fire brigade said.PLane...

26th May 2005

Australia Warns Japan of Backlash Over Whale Hunt

Japan risks a worldwide backlash over plans to expand its annual whale hunt, Australia warned on Tuesday in a letter to Japan's prime minister, but To...

25th May 2005

Canada Says Seal Population Growing Despite Hunt

Canada's harp seal population is growing despite a seasonal hunt off the East Coast that has killed 975,000 young animals over the past three years, o...

25th May 2005

Tory delivers on Whalewatching Course

The second IWDG whalewatching weekend, organised on Tory Island, Co Donegal delivered spectacular sightings of basking sharks and a probable humpback ...

24th May 2005

Australia Pushes to Stop Japan Whale Hunt

Australia stepped up diplomatic efforts to stop Japan from increasing its whale hunt on Friday, saying up to 35 countries were opposed to the plan.PLa...

23rd May 2005

US, Britain, Australia to Protest over Japan Whaling

Australia, Britain, the United States and New Zealand will protest to the Japanese government over its annual whale hunt, Australian Prime Minister Jo...

17th May 2005

Great response from fishing industry

Following the publication of the new IWDG/BIM Boat Users Guide to Cetaceans in the Irish Skipper and Inshore Ireland, the IWDG have had an encouragin...

10th May 2005

$50 Oil Brings Exploration Surge to Irish Shores

Millions of visitors come to Ireland every year looking for the "black stuff" but now, with oil prices above $50 a barrel, an increasing number are ex...

9th May 2005

Beached Dolphins Released into Waters off Florida

Seven stranded rough-toothed dolphins swam to freedom 14 miles (22 km) offshore in the Florida Straits on Tuesday as rescue volunteers released them b...

4th May 2005

Large male basking shark live strands in Wexford

A 7.19m male basking shark was seen in Ardmine bay, near Courtown, Co. Wexford on 28th April thrashing in the shallows. Images in strandings section....

1st May 2005

Norwegian Fleets Kill 25 Whales in Season's Start

Norwegian fishermen harpooned 25 whales in the first week of the country's much condemned whaling season that this year allows the biggest hunting quo...

26th Apr 2005

Basking Shark bonanza in west Kerry!

Sightings of basking sharks and a variety of cetacean species continue with relative ease from west Kerry headlands.......

21st Apr 2005

Exceptional Whale Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert

An American palaeontologist and a team of Egyptians have found the most nearly complete fossilised skeleton of the primitive whale Basilosaurus isis i...

19th Apr 2005

Large whale activity off Tory Island.

There have been a number of whale sightings reported to the IWDG from Tory Island, Co. Donegal. The most recent was on 13th April of a large whale, w...

16th Apr 2005

Whale Watchers Flock to Delaware River to See Whale

Whale watchers gathered on the banks of the Delaware River on Thursday hoping to catch a rare glimpse of a beluga whale, thousands of miles from its A...

15th Apr 2005

Fishermen suspected in gun killing of porpoises

English police are hunting the killers of porpoises that were shot and battered to death in a spate of attacks along the coast of northeast England. T...

13th Apr 2005

Japan to Expand Whale Hunt to 2 New Species

Japan is set to expand its annual whale hunt to take two new species as well as nearly doubling its planned catch of minke whales, media reports said ...

13th Apr 2005

Blainville's Beaked Whale strands in the Netherlands

On April 12th 2005 at 9.00 AM Dr Chris Smeenk, curator of mammals, got a phone call that a large whale was found stranded at Ameland. This is one of t...

12th Apr 2005

INJ Prize and Lecture

The first INJ prize is to be awarded to IWDG members Conor Ryan and Peter Wilson for their paper "Observations on the behaviour of killer whales that ...

12th Apr 2005

Harbour porpoises a plenty in Dublin.

It's great to be able report some cetacean activity within a stone throw of the nation's capital. Today, 10th April, we received several reports from...

10th Apr 2005

Shell's Russian LNG Project to Move Pipes For Whales

Sakhalin Energy, a Shell-led liquefied natural gas project on Russia's Pacific coast, said on Wednesday it would reroute offshore pipelines to help pr...

31st Mar 2005

Basking sharks inshore movement

Nick Masset reported a single basking shark in Ventry Harbour, Co. Kerry, on 29 March, while on 30 March "effort" whale- watches from both Ram Head, ...

31st Mar 2005

First confirmed basking shark of 2005

An "effort" watch this morning off Whitehead, Co. Antrim by Ian Enlander, EHS, produced the 1st confirmed basking shark of the year, as one was observ...

25th Mar 2005

Canada Unveils Annual Seal Hunt, Slams Activists

Canada said on Tuesday it would allow 320,000 young seals to be killed this year and launched an unusually strong attack on activists who promise to b...

23rd Mar 2005

Greenpeace and British Trawlermen in Sea Standoff

British coastguards said on Friday they had intervened to stop a confrontation at sea between Greenpeace protesters and trawlermen because of fears pe...

18th Mar 2005

Live stranded White-sided dolphin refloated at Raughley, Co Sligo

This morning (14 March) a dolphin, live stranded at Lissadell, Co Sligo was reported to the IWDG. After a number of attempts to refloat it at Lissade...

14th Mar 2005

Another Sperm whale for Cork!

On 7th March IWDG received a call from Michelle Walsh, reporting the carcass of a whale washed up at Belgooly Creek, Oysterhaven, near Kinsale, Co. Co...

9th Mar 2005

World Fish Stocks Strained, UN Says

World stocks of most fish, including Atlantic herring and capelin, are stretched to their limits and nearly a quarter are already over-exploited, a Un...

8th Mar 2005

'No surge' in minke whale numbers

Genetic research on Tokyo whale meat reveals that minke whales may not be experiencing an unprecedented surge in numbers as had previously been though...

6th Mar 2005

Dozens of Dolphins Stranded in Waters off Florida

Rescuers struggled on Thursday to save dozens of stranded dolphins in shallow waters off the Florida Keys, with many volunteers standing in water for ...

4th Mar 2005

Unweaving the song of whales

Using old US Navy hydrophones once employed to track submarines, Christopher Clark has collected thousands of acoustical tracks of singing blue, fin, ...

28th Feb 2005

Rare Whales Will Not Stop Shell's Sakhalin Gas

Fears for the future of rare whales will not halt the Shell-led Sakhalin-2 gas project in Russia's far east, Shell's country manager said on Friday.Pl...

28th Feb 2005

Get involved in recording whales and dolphins

Have you ever wanted to get involved in watching and recording whales and dolphins? A scheme called ISCOPE, which is in its final year, may be just w...

19th Feb 2005

Sean Eviston ..a friend to man and beast

It is with deep regret that we learn of the passing of Sean Eviston today in Killarney. Sean, who was the youthful face of the Irish Seal Sanctuary i...

15th Feb 2005

Sharm belugas to return to Russia

Two beluga whales which were held captive in hot, cramped conditions in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt have been confiscated by the authorities. They are in C...

14th Feb 2005

'Pollutants' in whale blubber are naturally produced

Noxious chemicals found in whale blubber may not be entirely artificial, research shows. Some of the compounds, which resemble the environmentally pol...

10th Feb 2005

Trapped humpback may be from Ireland!

A reported minke whale reported trapped in buoy ropes off the north Wales coast has now been identified as a humpback whale. The whale was reported to...

8th Feb 2005

Trapped whale is cut free

A 20-foot whale has been freed after becoming tangled in a mooring rope off the north Wales coast.BBC...

4th Feb 2005

Superb whale watching off Ardmore, Waterford

Whale watchers have in recent weeks been treated to world class whale watching off Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, as fin whales and common dolphins...

24th Jan 2005

Porpoises flee killer dolphins

Harbour porpoises are being killed in increasing numbers by bottlenose dolphins around British coasts, possibly due to competition for food.BBC...

20th Jan 2005

UK Seas in crisis: new report shows species in serious decline

A new report released by WWF shows that the UK's seas are in crisis, with key species in serious decline. This is a consequence of inadequate planning...

20th Jan 2005

Long Strand Sperm whale buried 19th Jan.

The 42ft male sperm whale that stranded at Long Strand, Nr. Clonakilty,Co. Cork on 17th Jan was buried by Cork County Council on Wed. 19th Jan.IWDG re...

19th Jan 2005

Fishing blamed for dolphin deaths

Fishing nets are being blamed for the deaths of four dolphins that washed up on a beach over a few days.BBC...

18th Jan 2005

Stormy weather produces lots of blubber!

In the past week alone, beaches along storm lashed Cork have seen some very rare whale species.On 6th Jan, near Ballydonegan Beach, Allihies, the Bear...

17th Jan 2005

Call for action to save right whales from extinction

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, IFAW and the International Wildlife Coalition today called on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)...

17th Jan 2005

Ireland Leads EU Commission Hit List on Environment

Ireland leads a black-list of EU countries for its sheer number of environmental offences and will join six other governments to face trial before the...

14th Jan 2005

Lone dolphin returns to Brandon Point

A lone dolphin, named "Maurice" by locals, returned to the moorings at Brandon Pier, Co. Kerry on Jan 7th....

9th Jan 2005

Thai Rescuers Save Trapped Dolphin, Calf Missing

Rescuers have saved a dolphin swept over a Thai beach by the tsunami that devasted shores around the Indian Ocean, but failed on Wednesday to find her...

6th Jan 2005

Pakistan Wildlife Staff Measure Dolphin near Sukkur

Pakistan wildlife staff measure the length of a dead blind dolphin near Sukkur, 480 km (300 miles) from Karachi December 31, 2004.Planet Ark...

5th Jan 2005

Overseas Cetacean Stranding Networks

British Divers Marine Life Rescue - UKCetáceos - PortugalCetacean Research & Rescue Unit - ScotlandProject Jonah - New Zealand...

3rd Jan 2005

Pod may have killed own dolphin

Wildlife workers in Cornwall are concerned about the future of a group of rare bottle-nosed dolphins after one was found dead on a beach.BBC...

2nd Jan 2005