2006

Dolphin's leap crushes woman in freak accident

A woman was crushed and seriously injured yesterday by a dolphin in an accident described by a marine biologist as "three million to one"New Zealan...

27th Dec 2006

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of...

19th Dec 2006

China to Keep Looking for Likely Extinct Dolphin

Chinese scientists will continue to search for a rare freshwater dolphin unique to the Yangtze River, although it is possibly extinct after a 38-day s...

18th Dec 2006

Cut up dolphin is probably 'Marra'

Pathologists have concluded the dismembered remains of a dolphin found in Cumbria are probably those of the bottlenose known as "Marra".BBC...

14th Dec 2006

Dead sperm whale moved from beach

The massive body of a sperm whale washed up on a Scottish beach has been disposed of.BBC...

14th Dec 2006

Failure in Yangtze dolphin search - First large aquatic mammal to go extinct in 50 years.

A freshwater dolphin found only in China is "effectively extinct", an expedition has declared following a fruitless six-week search.BBC...

14th Dec 2006

World's tallest man saves dolphin

The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.Divernet...

14th Dec 2006

Monster task disposing of whale

Experts are trying to decide on the best way to dispose of a 43ft dead sperm whale washed up on a Moray beach.BBC...

11th Dec 2006

Run of pilot whale strandings on west coast

Between 18 Nov and 5 Dec 2006, IWDG received reports of four stranded cetaceans, all of which proved to be long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala mela...

7th Dec 2006

2007 - International Year of the Dolphin!

The United Nations today launched International Year of the Dolphin, 2007 in Bonn, Germany. In a campaign which will involve Governments, conservation...

4th Dec 2006

Chinese River Dolphin Nears Extinction

Scientists who spent nearly a month in a fruitless search for a Chinese river dolphin that is more endangered than the Giant Panda say there may be no...

4th Dec 2006

EU Commission fails to protect Mediterranean tuna.

Atlantic bluefin tuna, the fish prized by sushi lovers, are headed for extinction in the Mediterranean because governments failed to set rigorous cons...

28th Nov 2006

Dead minke whale washes up on Cornish beach

A minke whale, one of the few whale species known to occur off the coast of Cornwall, was found dead on Porthcothan beach on Saturday. Cornwall Wildl...

27th Nov 2006

UN Drive for Ban on Ocean Bottom Trawling Fails

UN negotiators failed to agree on Thursday on a measure banning a fishing practice known as high-seas bottom trawling that environmentalists say chews...

24th Nov 2006

EU Agrees Fishing Quotas for Exotic Deepsea Species

EU fisheries ministers thrashed out a deal on Tuesday setting quotas for deep-water fish, exotic but threatened species that are fast becoming an alte...

22nd Nov 2006

RAF make 'rare' whales sighting

An RAF search and rescue crew has captured rare footage of a pod of deep diving whales while training over the Moray Firth. [The Irish Air Corps provi...

21st Nov 2006

Pink Dolphin Population Tumbles off Taiwan

A dolphin that lives along the west coast of Taiwan is declining to dangerously low numbers because of over-fishing and pollution, local environmental...

21st Nov 2006

Canadian Hunters Set out to Kill Trapped Whales

A team of hunters will kill about 80 beluga whales trapped in a frozen waterway on Canada's Arctic Coast in what local officials said on Thursday is a...

17th Nov 2006

Whale carcass washed up on UK beach

The badly-decomposed body of a 50ft (15m) [Fin - Ed] whale washed up on a Sussex beach will be removed at low tide on Friday.BBC...

16th Nov 2006

Japanese begin annual whale hunt

Six Japanese whaling ships have set sail for their annual hunt in the south Atlantic.BBC...

15th Nov 2006

IWDG at Sligo IT Science Week-link to Archive

The IWDG presentation "Everything you wanted to know about whales and dolphins in Sligo but were afraid to ask" by Simon Berrow on Tuesday 14 November...

15th Nov 2006

Minke whales in Isle of Mann waters

Two minke whales have been spotted around the coast of the Isle of Man over the past few days.BBC...

13th Nov 2006

About 40 Beached Whales in New Zealand Die

About 40 whales died on a New Zealand beach after swimming too close to shore but beachside residents were able to save about 40 others, Australian me...

13th Nov 2006

Sowerby's Beaked Whale strands in Co. Sligo

A Sowerby's Beaked Whale stranded at Inishcrone, Kilalla Bay, Co Sligo on 12th November.Reported by IWDG member Neil Gilroy, the whale was initially t...

13th Nov 2006

Tory Island may have its own Fungie

IWDG have received reports since mid September of a dolphin which has taken up semi-residence around this offshore Donegal Island....

11th Nov 2006

IWDG win Vodafone/CVI Ireland Nature Fund Award

The IWDG has been awarded a Vodafone/CVI Ireland Nature Fund Award. The award will enable us to continue with our large whale Photo ID project over th...

9th Nov 2006

Iceland, Japan in Talks Over Whale Meat Sales

Iceland is in talks with Japan to ease the way for exports of whale meat to the Asian nation, a government source said on Wednesday, three weeks after...

9th Nov 2006

Settled weather brings superb whale watching opportunities

During the current calm weather, whale watching and research opportunities off the Irish South coast have been excellent, and we'd advise you to make ...

3rd Nov 2006

Ocean Fish, Seafood Could Collapse By 2048

The world's fish and seafood populations will collapse by 2048 if current trends in habitat destruction and overfishing continue, resulting in less fo...

2nd Nov 2006

25 States, including Ireland, to Protest Iceland Whaling

A group of 25 countries plan to tell Iceland they object to its resumption of commercial whale hunts despite an international ban, and will urge it to...

1st Nov 2006

Croatia Seeks to Preserve Fish Stock on EU Entry

Croatia is eager to apply the European Union's common fisheries policy but expects support from Brussels to preserve its sea resources, a senior offic...

31st Oct 2006

More than 40 Dolphins Die in Mozambique Beaching

Dozens of bottle-nosed dolphins have died after beaching themselves on a remote Mozambique coastline, mystifying environmentalists who say mass beachi...

31st Oct 2006

Dolphin Dave boosts town's trade

Traders in a Kent seaside town say a dolphin who has been "performing" for visitors all summer has boosted trade and extended their holiday season.Pla...

30th Oct 2006

Iceland Minister Sees No Tourism Threat in Whaling

Iceland's fisheries minister said on Wednesday the government had expected criticism for its decision to resume commercial whaling after a 21-year ban...

26th Oct 2006

More Sharks Than Estimated Killed for Fin Soup

Up to four times more sharks than previously thought are being slaughtered to fill the increasing demand for shark fin soup, scientists said on Wednes...

26th Oct 2006

EU Commission fails to protect Cod in Baltic Sea

European Union ministers agreed on Tuesday to cut cod quotas in the eastern Baltic Sea next year, ignoring scientists' call for a fishing ban. Planet ...

25th Oct 2006

Large whales appearing now from Waterford to Clare

Despite the frequently stormy weather that's been a consistent feature along the Irish South coast this autumn; large whales are being observed, but o...

25th Oct 2006

EU Urges Iceland not to Resume Whale Hunts

The European Union condemned on Friday Iceland's plan to resume commercial whale hunts, urging the country to reconsider the decision.Planet Ark...

23rd Oct 2006

Pirates, Vacuum-Fishing Threaten Antarctic Waters

Pirates seeking Chilean sea bass and fishing vessels that vacuum up tiny shrimp-like creatures that are a staple for whales, seals and penguins are me...

20th Oct 2006

Update: Striped Dolphins in Belmullet Re-stranding

Report 6: 10:45 20/10/06News just in……At 10:30 Am 20/10/06 we have just received a report from the Mayo Fire Service that 8-9 dolphins, likely to be...

20th Oct 2006

EU Urged to Ban Fishing for North Sea Cod in 2007

Europe's fishermen should stop catching North Sea cod and Bay of Biscay anchovy next year if the two species are to stand a chance of survival after y...

18th Oct 2006

Iceland to Resume Commercial Whale Hunts

Iceland decided on Tuesday to resume commercial whale hunts for the first time in two decades, ignoring an international moratorium. Planet Ark...

18th Oct 2006

Striped dolphins strand at Youghal.

At c16:00, 11th Oct 2006, IWDG received a call from IWDG member, Janet Howley, of three dead stranded dolphins at Youghal, Co. Cork....

11th Oct 2006

IWDG Sligo schools visit a great success

After the recent sperm whale stranding in Strandhill, the IWDG with support from the Heritage- In- Schools Scheme and Sligo County Council visited 14 ...

11th Oct 2006

Leatherback turtle at Ballyteigue, Co Wexford

A leatherback turtle wasfound washed up at Ballyteigue National Nature Reserve, Co Wexford this afternoon...

5th Oct 2006

IWDG requests the Irish government to sign ASCOBANS

The IWDG has called on the Irish government to sign and ratify the ASCOBANS agreement....

5th Oct 2006

United Nations to Consider Deep Sea Trawling Ban

The United Nations needs to stop the destruction of deep sea ecosystems by banning fishermen from trawling nets on the ocean floor, Australia, New Zea...

4th Oct 2006

Europe to Urge UN to Bar Increased Deep-Sea Fishing

EU negotiators will call on the United Nations next week to outlaw any expansion of deep-sea fishing in vulnerable ecological areas where trawlermen u...

3rd Oct 2006

Minke (+ fin and humpback) whales off Loop Head, Co Clare. Updated

Minke whales are being seen regularly at present from Loop Head, Co Clare, presumably attracted by spawning herring. On 3 October at least 2 fin and p...

3rd Oct 2006

Humpback whales still in Dingle Bay Updated

On saturday 23 September, a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was spotted in Dingle Bay by IWDG member, Nick Massett. This is the second time th...

3rd Oct 2006

Fin whales return to Waterford

After a six month absense, Fin whales have started returning to Waterford's inshore waters. Once again showing that West Cork has no real monopoly on ...

1st Oct 2006

EU Commission Fails to protect Deep-Sea Fish

Europe's fisheries chief flew in the face of scientific advice on Thursday and called for hefty quota cuts for exotic deep-sea species, some of which ...

29th Sep 2006

Leatherback turtle strands

On Friday night 22nd Sept. 2006 the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat, whilst out on exercise, reported a large turtle floating upside down at Splaugh rock, a...

23rd Sep 2006

Trapped whale dies in ferry dock

A 25ft humpback whale has died after becoming trapped in a ferry terminal in the Humber estuary.BBC...

22nd Sep 2006

European Court of Justice ruled against Ireland on cetacean monitoring

Advocate-General Leger of the European Court of Justice delivered his preliminary opinion in the case taken by the European Commission against Ireland...

22nd Sep 2006

Farewell to Cape for another year

This weekends IWDG whale watching course on Cape Clear Island was the 3rd and final weekend course of 2006. Course participants were treated to a num...

18th Sep 2006

First success for whale project

For the past nine years Nan and her seasonal team of whale researchers have been out on the water studying the behaviour and movement of the humpback ...

17th Sep 2006

Sperm whale in Ballysadare Bay, Sligo, Tues 12th Sept.

Report 7: 15/09/2006This afternoon the Irish Lights vessel MV Graineuaile successfully towed the stranded sperm whale off the sand bank. They aim to ...

15th Sep 2006

Iceland Resumes Whale Exports After 15-Year Gap

Iceland is resuming whale meat exports after a gap of more than 15 years with sales to the Faroe Islands despite objections from environmentalists tha...

11th Sep 2006

Bottlenose dolphin live- strands in Galway Bay

A young female bottlenose dolphin was live stranded on 8 September after local people watched her breaching and chasing fish for six hours the previou...

10th Sep 2006

Lost Thames whale had arthritis

The whale which lost its way and became stranded in the river Thames in January, was suffering from arthritis, scientists examining its remains said.B...

4th Sep 2006

Whale carcasses moved from beach

The carcasses of two whales that died on the Lincolnshire coast have been removed from the beach near Skegness.BBC...

2nd Sep 2006

EU Blamed for Demise of World's Sharks

Lax European Union policies play a leading role in depleting shark numbers not just in European waters but around the world, a report said on Wednesda...

31st Aug 2006

Large baleen whales off both Galley and Slea Head

Most likely to be fin whales, they have been observed blowing from Galley Head, Co. Cork and Slea Head, Co. Kerry on 23rd and 24th August. Updates on...

28th Aug 2006

"Red Devil" Squid, Jellyfish Point to Ocean Upsets

South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global ...

22nd Aug 2006

Common dolphin live-strands near Kinsale

IWDG received a report today, 21 Aug, about a common dolphin which live-stranded at Sandycove, near Kinsale, Co. Cork...

21st Aug 2006

Norway Whalers Land Only Half of Quota

Norwegian whalers harpooned only half their quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2006, prompting hunt opponents to say that Norwegian demand for eating the ...

21st Aug 2006

2nd Cape Clear Whale Watching Course a success.

Despite the absence of whale activity in the waters off Cape Clear, course participants enjoyed several close harbour porpoise encounters and a nice r...

21st Aug 2006

Large baleen whales sighted in Donegal Bay

We were contacted by IWDG committee member Faith Wilson who has just seen a minimum of three large baleen whales blowing in outer Donegal Bay area fro...

17th Aug 2006

Blue Whale Ancestor Was no Gentle Giant

A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants", a r...

16th Aug 2006

Second whale washed up on beach

Two whales were washed up on the Cumbria coast, officials have said. A dead 20ft minke whale was discovered after Friday's high tide at Seascale. It h...

14th Aug 2006

Work starts to remove dead whale in UK

Work is continuing to remove a dead 20ft whale which was washed up on the Cumbrian coast on Friday night.BBC...

13th Aug 2006

IWDG publish results of west coast cetacean surveys.

During the summer of 2004 a survey of cetacean distribution and relative abundance was conducted on board the RV Celtic Explorer off the west coast of...

10th Aug 2006

Dolphin jet ski suspect reported

A young man has been reported to the procurator fiscal after an incident involving dolphins in the Moray Firth.BBC...

9th Aug 2006

Whale Watch Ireland 2006, a great success.....despite the fog!

The All-Ireland whale watch day, despite poor visibility was a great success, with record numbers joining the IWDG on headlands in each of the provenc...

7th Aug 2006

South Africa Whale Burning Draws Crowds of Spectators

South African officials set fire to a 34-tonne whale carcass on Wednesday, sending white smoke into the air near Cape Town as spectators clambered ove...

3rd Aug 2006

Ship reports whale strike on Irish Sea

The Irish Ferries high speed ferry 'Jonathan Swift' was reported to have struck a soft object, possibly a whale off the Holyhead coast at 2pm today....

1st Aug 2006

Larne sei whale euthanased. 3rd day

Update 9Analysis of all available images end the debate on the identification of the Larne balaenopterid. It was clear from the post mortem that this...

31st Jul 2006

New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals

Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Ala...

28th Jul 2006

South Africa to Burn Beached Whale Carcass

South African conservationists are to burn the carcass of a 15-metre (47-foot) whale that washed ashore near Cape Town, officials said on Tuesday.Plan...

26th Jul 2006

EU, Mauritania Agree Fisheries Partnership Pact

The European Union and Mauritania reached agreement on Saturday on a new fisheries partnership that will give EU vessels access to the African nation'...

24th Jul 2006

Baby Seal Swims Thousands of Miles to Portugal

A baby seal has been found near a beach south of Lisbon on Friday, after it swam thousands of miles from the north-Atlantic in search for food.Planet ...

24th Jul 2006

Inverin stranded humpback was Kerry whale

The dead whale was reported washed up at Baile na hAbhainn, Inverin in Galway Bay by Rory Thynne. After an email to IWDG Galway members, Joanne O'Bri...

23rd Jul 2006

Juvenile humpback whale spotted off Dingle peninsula

On Friday 14 July, a juvenile humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was spotted breaching in Dingle Bay by Jonathan Smith, a researcher/cameraman wi...

21st Jul 2006

First IWDG Whale Watching Course of 2006 a great success

In glorious sunshine, the 1st of the IWDG Cape Clear weekend courses produced some really lovely encounters for the 17 participants of harbour porpois...

18th Jul 2006

EU Urged to Hike Fines for Flouting Fishing Laws

Member governments must hit fishing vessels that persistently break European Union rules with much higher fines if financial penalties are to be any d...

17th Jul 2006

New IWDG book on the identification of whales and dolphins

The IWDG have just published a new book entitled “A Guide to the Identification of the Whales and Dolphin of Ireland”. The guide was officially laun...

8th Jul 2006

Illegal Fishing Threatens Survival of Europe's Tuna

Illegal fishing has devastated Europe's stocks of the highly prized bluefin tuna and threatens the species' survival in the eastern Atlantic and Medit...

5th Jul 2006

EU Tries New Ideas to End Overfishing, Boost Stocks

Europe plans to change tack in the way it tries to curb overfishing and boost numbers of species such as cod, depleted after years of quota-busting by...

5th Jul 2006

Anchovy Fishing in Bay of Biscay Banned for 2006

Anchovy fishing will be banned in the Bay of Biscay until the end of the year to preserve stocks, the European Commission said on Monday.Planet Ark...

4th Jul 2006

Norway and Iceland PMs Applaud Pro-Whaling Vote

The Norwegian and Icelandic prime ministers welcomed on Monday a recommendation by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to relax a ban on commer...

3rd Jul 2006

Pentagon Exempts Navy From Whale Protection Law

The Pentagon on Friday exempted the Navy for six months from a law protecting whales and other marine mammals, a move that may allow planned naval exe...

3rd Jul 2006

IWDG Commercial Fisheries Policy document

The IWDG launched their new policy document - addressing commercial fishing - this week at Fish Ireland 2006 in Killybegs, Co Donegal. Commercial fish...

29th Jun 2006

Last chance for China's dolphin

Zoologists have developed a plan to save the Yangtze River dolphin, probably the world's most endangered mammal, from extinction.BBC...

27th Jun 2006

East Antrim comes alive

Things have been a bit quiet around here for some time. Ok, Harbour Porpoise are still on the scene (although even these tend to head off presumably ...

25th Jun 2006

Alaskan Eskimos Fear Whaling Future Under Threat

Oil exploration poses threat to Inupiat whaling traditionsPlanet Ark...

22nd Jun 2006

Greenpeace Activists Arrested at Caribbean Whale Meet

Ten Greenpeace activists were arrested in St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday after they tried to plant cardboard whale tails on a beach to protest the sla...

21st Jun 2006

Green Groups Call for Battle Against Whaling Bloc

Conservation groups on Monday called on governments to redouble their efforts to save endangered whales after pro-whaling nations led by Japan won a m...

20th Jun 2006

Greenpeace Says Make 40 Pct of Med Fishing-Free

Environmental group Greenpeace launched a campaign on Thursday aiming to persuade governments to declare 40 percent of the Mediterranean Sea marine re...

19th Jun 2006

Japan Wins First Pro-Whaling Vote in Two Decades

Japan and its allies won a pro-whaling vote for the first time in two decades on Sunday at an international meeting.Planet Ark...

19th Jun 2006

Greenland Seeks to Hunt Humpback, Bowhead Whales

Greenland asked an international whaling body on Saturday to examine whether it could extend whaling by its Inuit hunters to endangered humpbacks and ...

19th Jun 2006

Japan Defeated on Whaling, Green Groups Relieved

Japan suffered a resounding defeat on Friday at the International Whaling Commission, calming fears among conservationists that it might finally win e...

19th Jun 2006

Chemicals Harming Polar Bears, Belugas, Seals – WWF

Toxic chemicals are harming Arctic animals including polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds, the environmental group WWF said on Thursday.Plan...

16th Jun 2006

'Japanese No Longer Like Whale Meat'

The Japanese public no longer likes eating whale meat and Tokyo's argument that whaling should be maintained to meet consumer demand is a fabrication,...

14th Jun 2006

Greenpeace Ship Barred From Caribbean Whale Venue

A ship used by environmental group Greenpeace to confront Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean has been refused permission to dock in the Cari...

14th Jun 2006

Marine Institute host whale and dolphin research seminar

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), together with the Marine Institute and National Parks and Wildlife Service are proud to be hosting the first...

14th Jun 2006

Former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey dies.

The IWDG is saddened to learn of the death of former Taoiseach, Charlie Haughey. Outside of his political career Mr Haughey was a keen mariner and had...

13th Jun 2006

World Oceans Day a great success

The IWDG would like to welcome all those people who have logged onto this site for the first time after visiting the IWDG stands at World Oceans Day....

11th Jun 2006

Japan Plans New Pro-Whalers Group to End Hunting Ban

Japan plans a new group for nations that support commercial whaling in a bid to end a 20-year ban on the activity, officials said, reiterating threats...

8th Jun 2006

The Endangered Indus River Dolphin

The endangered Indus river dolphin has dramatically increased in numbers in a small section of the Indus in Pakistan but the animals remain very rare ...

8th Jun 2006

A new vision for EU Maritime Policy?

The European Commission is today publishing a Green Paper asking citizens how they want to deal with oceans and seas and launching one of the largest ...

7th Jun 2006

Calm weather produces many sightings

The continuing spell of settled weather over the bank holiday weekend has produced a plethora of basking shark, dolphin and even whale sightings from ...

7th Jun 2006

Australia Lobbies Pacific Nations Against Whaling

Australia began a last-ditch attempt to lobby small Pacific Island nations to support whale conservation on Tuesday, warning that every vote at next m...

31st May 2006

IWDG Whale-Watching courses on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork

There are still places available on the popular IWDG whalewatching courses on beautiful Cape Clear Island this summer. The first of these is being hel...

26th May 2006

Royal Navy rescues trapped whale

A seven-metre long humpback whale has been freed by Royal Navy divers from creel fishing lines near Applecross, Wester Ross, Scotland.BBC...

24th May 2006

IWDG express concern about NATO Operation Steadfast Jaguar in Cape Verde

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have recently learnt that NATO intend to use a range of active sonar systems during their forthcoming trainin...

22nd May 2006

Risso’s dolphins return to Wicklow coastline

A number of sightings of Risso's dolphins in the past week between Wicklow and Greystones suggests their annual inshore movement has begun....

21st May 2006

Governments Have Failed to Stop Overfishing

Governments worldwide have failed to prevent overfishing in the oceans, where a proliferation of bottom-trawling threatens to wipe out deep sea specie...

19th May 2006

Project to probe impact of sonar

A team of scientists from Scotland is proposing to carry out experiments on killer whales in the wild in order to study their reaction to sound.BBC...

18th May 2006

Cape Verde 2006 Report available

The final report of the recent IWDG expedition to Cape Verde is now available.The second IWDG humpback whale expedition to Cape Verde recorded 36 sigh...

16th May 2006

New IWDG Research Boat Arrives

A new 6 meter research vessel has been delivered to the IWDG. The XS 600 Deluxe Rib (Ridgid Inflatable Boat) was imported from Barnett Marine in the U...

14th May 2006

Mother and calf Northern bottlenose whales live-strand in Co. Sligo - UPDATE

A mother and calf Northern bottlenose whale live- stranded in Co. Sligo. The mother died but the calf was refloated.The IWDG were informed by Don Cot...

14th May 2006

Bottlenose dolphins in Cork harbour

Bottlenose dolphins have been seen regularly off Roche's Point in the mouth of Cork harbour.There are around eight dolphins that have been sighted reg...

12th May 2006

Porpoise swimming in ship canal

A porpoise has been sighted in the Manchester Ship Canal, more than 32km (20 miles) inland.BBC...

12th May 2006

Warning over 'attacks' on dolphin

Conservations have issued a warning after reports that stones were thrown at a dolphin.BBC...

11th May 2006

Japan to Boost Whale Sales, Hoping to Whet Demand

In an effort to whet an appetite for whale among younger consumers, a new Japanese company is set to expand sales of the meat to include school lunche...

11th May 2006

Delight at bay dolphin numbers

One of the largest groups of bottlenose dolphins seen for 20 years in Wales has been spotted in Cardigan Bay.BBC...

10th May 2006

Dolphins 'have their own names'

Dolphins communicate like humans by calling each other by "name", scientists in Fife have found.BBC...

8th May 2006

Hawaii whales at risk from boats

Humpback whales swimming in the waters off Hawaii are increasingly in danger of being hit by boats.BBC...

8th May 2006

Another whale live-strands in Co. Kerry

This afternoon a bottlenosed whale live stranded but died at Fermoyle, Brandon on the north side of the Dingle peninsula. Chris Van Schoor contacted h...

3rd May 2006

Rescued dolphin returns to coast

A bottlenose dolphin who was stranded in a Cumbria harbour for nearly a month has been spotted in the sea not far from where he was rescued.BBC...

3rd May 2006

Hundreds of Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore in Zanzibar

At least 300 dead dolphins washed ashore on a beach in Zanzibar overnight, residents said on Friday, but the cause of the deaths was unknown.Planet Ar...

1st May 2006

Pilot whale successfully refloated at Inch, Co Kerry

A pilot whale, live stranded on Inch strand Co Kerry, was successfully refloated this afternoon after a huge collective effort.First observed on the b...

29th Apr 2006

Dolphin 'harassed' by boat owners

Marine rescuers criticised boat owners after reports they harassed a bottlenose dolphin in the sea.BBC...

28th Apr 2006

Change of address for IWDG Office

Please forward any correspondence to:Pádraig WhooleyIrish Whale & Dolphin GroupDereenRossmoreClonakiltyCo. CorkPhone: 00-353- (0)23-31911email: padra...

27th Apr 2006

Bulgaria Finds 25 Dead Dolphins on Black Sea Coast

Twenty-five dead dolphins washed up on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast on Friday, and officials said they probably drowned after becoming entangled in fish...

24th Apr 2006

Norway Slams Whaling Critics, Says Stocks Robust

Norway hit back on Sunday at 12 nations led by Britain for urging an end to whale hunts, saying a plan to raise catches to the highest in two decades ...

24th Apr 2006

Dozen Nations Urge Norway to Stop Commercial Whaling

A dozen countries including Britain, France, Germany and Australia called on Thursday for an end to commercial whaling by Norway, which plans to step ...

21st Apr 2006

Whale Watch operator supports IWDG

New whalewatching operator, WhaleWatch West Cork (www.whalewatchwestcork.com), has recently donated a percentage of last years profits to the IWDG.Las...

17th Apr 2006

Body of humpback whale is moved from beach

The body of a whale washed up in Kent was moved on Friday with tests on samples set to be carried out early next week.BBC...

14th Apr 2006

Bottlenose dolphins in West Cork 9 April

Walkers on Long Strand near Galley Head were treated to close encounters on 9th April of 10-12 bottlenose dolphins, foraging within meters of the shor...

10th Apr 2006

China to Establish Reserve for Rare White Dolphin

China plans to set up its first reserve for the endangered white dolphin off the coast of the southern city of Zhuhai in the southern Guangdong provin...

10th Apr 2006

Japanese ferry runs into 'whale'

A high-speed Japanese ferry has collided with what is thought to be a whale, leaving 49 people injured - 13 in a serious condition.BBC...

9th Apr 2006

Greenpeace Sounds Alert Over Indian Turtle Deaths

More than 2,000 endangered Olive Ridley turtles have washed ashore dead in eastern India over the past three months, environmental pressure group Gree...

5th Apr 2006

'Victory' over Japanese whalers

Environmentalists in Japan are claiming a rare victory after five key private companies quit the whaling business following a pressure campaign.BBC...

4th Apr 2006

Stray Humpback Whale Found in Baltic Near Poland

A 10-metre (33-feet) humpback has been spotted off the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea and scientists said it was the first appearance of a whale there...

3rd Apr 2006

Stranded Whales Mystify US Researchers

Tests of blood and urine, sampling of stomach contents and checks for damage caused by sonar have all left scientists puzzled by a mass stranding of w...

30th Mar 2006

Island Nation Creates Third Largest Marine Park

A tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has created the world's third-largest marine reserve, as global efforts to preserve biodiversity widen to in...

29th Mar 2006

El Salvador Turtle Die-Off Linked to "Red Tide"

A lethal algal bloom dubbed "Red Tide" by scientists caused a mysterious mass die-off of sea turtles on the Pacific shores of El Salvador, a US conser...

27th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Mindelo – the final anchorage

As I write this final update we are moored alongside the small, single pontoon in Mindelo on Sao Vicente. This is where we picked up RV Adrianna, our...

25th Mar 2006

A Cape Verde Perspective, by Padraig Whooley

We've been at sea now for almost a month and are on the homeward leg as our research yacht inches north westwards towards Mindelo on Sao Vicente....

25th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Skipper Joe Aston's report

God made the great whales for the fun of it, according to the Bible, and for myself this remains the best reason to go chasing after them across the O...

25th Mar 2006

Greenpeace Wants 40 Percent of Oceans Protected

The United Nations should protect the world's oceans from deep sea fishing and pollution in the same way as environmentally sensitive land, the lobby ...

22nd Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: A Newcomer's Introduction to Cape Verde

After three flights and a long days travelling, Fiacc O'Brolchain, Liam Lysaght, Jim Wilson and myself had finally arrived in the Cape Verde islands! ...

17th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Whale Bonanza off Boavista

At least 10 humpback whales encountered....

17th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Having a whale of a time?

Joining the Expedition team in Sal, I really didn't know what to expect, and wondered was this a good idea? Knowing little about cetaceans and even le...

17th Mar 2006

Stranded dolphins rebeach and die

Two dolphins rescued after beaching on the County Down coast have died, the Department of the Environment has said.BBC...

13th Mar 2006

Canada's Lost, Lonely Whale Feared Killed by Boat

A lonely killer whale that captured the hearts of thousands and became the object of an emotional tug-of-war between biologists and Natives on Canada'...

13th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: "They must be somewhere"

When my little man back home in West Clare is asked where have his slippers gone, he often answers “they must be somewhere”. The same could be said...

10th Mar 2006

Stranded dolphins back out to sea

Two dolphins stranded on the coast of County Down have been rescued and sent back out to sea.BBC...

10th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Third expedition update

We sailed south from Boa Vista to Maio on March 2nd without any sightings, but the following day the 3rd was to see our 2nd encounter as skipper Joe A...

7th Mar 2006

Pirate Trawlers Face Crackdown on Overfishing

Pirate trawlers will be tracked by a new database as part of a planned crackdown on illegal fish catches worth $9.5 billion a year that are adding to ...

6th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Second expedition report

Second report from the expedition team to Cape Verde....

4th Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: Irish humpback whale expedition obtain first fluke image

Despite a large swell rolling into the island of Boavista the Irish humpback whale expedition to Cape Verde manage to obtain their first fluke image o...

2nd Mar 2006

Cape Verde 2006: First expedition report

Despite the best efforts of Cape Verde Airlines, the crew of five over three days, finally made it to Mindelo to provision the 46 ft Bavaria yacht, wh...

2nd Mar 2006

About 70 Dolphins Washed Ashore on Japanese Beach

Scores of dolphins washed onto a beach on Japan's Pacific Coast on Tuesday, and surfers joined local officials in a struggle to push them back into th...

1st Mar 2006

Large whales still to be seen off south coast...

Two large whales were sighted yesterday (27 Feb) from Ram Head, Co. Waterford during a 'constant effort' watch by IWDG member, Andrew Malcolm....

28th Feb 2006

Porpoise aplenty, Gannets galore AND HELP NEEDED.

Today saw the 3rd of these survey events and the best to date. The weather forecast suggested good conditions and for once it was accurate.Setting sa...

18th Feb 2006

Anti-Whaling Ship Hits Diplomatic Squall

The chained Farley Mowat floats under police guard in Cape Town harbour, out of reach of the whaling ships its captain seeks to destroy.Planet Ark...

17th Feb 2006

Anger over whale pet food claims

Japanese scientists have reacted angrily to media reports that surplus whale meat is being sold as pet food.BBC...

16th Feb 2006

Fewer Migrating Whales Arrive in Mexican Lagoons

The number of grey whales making a yearly migration from the icy North Pacific to breed in Mexico's warm lagoons has dropped this year, scientists say...

13th Feb 2006

Japanese "Feeding Whale Meat to Dogs"

Japan's stock of whale meat from hunting for scientific research is so large that the country has begun selling it as dog food, a leading marine conse...

13th Feb 2006

Portsmouth Dolphin maimed in Propeller Strike.

A TUG captain has told of the 'tremendous loss' he feels after Spinnaker the dolphin was caught in his boat's propeller.Portsmouth Today...

11th Feb 2006

Probable bottlenose dolphin live strands in Wexford

IWDG received reports of another live stranding earlier today (11 February), this time in County Wexford. Initial reports suggested that the animal wh...

11th Feb 2006

Shannon dolphin Photo-ID catalogue on-line and upgraded

The Shannon dolphin ID catalogue, which contains dorsal fin images of 175 dolphins, has been upgraded with the 2005 field data....

10th Feb 2006

Fin & humpback whales off Hook Head, Co. Wexford

Success at last...... God knows how many years it took though, and having seen everything else one could possibly see in the sea, these two species ha...

10th Feb 2006

Whales gone....almost, but dolphins to be seen inshore.

It does look like the large baleen whales, notably fin whales, have now left the Irish south coast, but there are plenty of other whale watching oppor...

9th Feb 2006

Hundreds of Seal Pups Drown in Canada Storm Surge

Around 1,500 seal pups were swept out to sea and drowned by a tidal surge off Canada's east coast this week after a lack of ice cover meant their moth...

6th Feb 2006

Deaths Push Rare Asia Dolphins Nearer Extinction

Ten dead Irrawaddy dolphins have been found in Cambodia's Mekong River, eight of them calves, pushing one of the rarest cetaceans nearer extinction, t...

6th Feb 2006

Stranded whale dies on mud bank

A 30ft whale which became stranded in the Humber has died, coastguards said.BBC...

5th Feb 2006

Praise for the IWDG!

Following the publication of the recent IWDG newsletter, the IWDG have received generous praise and accolades about its work. But who are the IWDG?Fa...

5th Feb 2006

Dolphin warning to fishing crews

Marine experts are winding down a monitoring operation, after reports a dolphin returned to a Cumbrian harbour from where it had earlier been rescued....

2nd Feb 2006

Greenpeace Shifts Focus to Pirate Fishing

Greenpeace activists will shift their focus to protest against pirate fishing off Africa's west coast following two months battling Japanese whalers, ...

2nd Feb 2006

Rescued dolphin returns to marina

A dolphin has returned to a Cumbrian harbour from where it had to be rescued earlier this week.BBC...

1st Feb 2006

Trapped dolphin freed from marina

A dolphin which had been trapped in Maryport Marina for almost a month has been set free by rescuers.BBC...

30th Jan 2006

South Africa Detains Canadian Anti-Whaling Ship

South Africa has detained an anti-whaling ship and its captain in Cape Town harbour over safety concerns after the Canadian vessel spent weeks harassi...

27th Jan 2006

London Whale Died of Severe Dehydration - Autopsy

A whale that made world headlines when it swam up the River Thames into central London last week died of several factors including dehydration, scient...

27th Jan 2006

Common Dolphin Live Stranding - Update!

UpdateThe animal invoved in Monday's rescue bid was found dead by Mrs Pauline Delahunt on the 26th January on Magherabeg beach to the north of Brittas...

26th Jan 2006

Greenpeace Ends Antarctic Anti-Whaling Protests

Greenpeace said on Friday that its two vessels shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet in the icy Southern Ocean were ending their protests because their...

23rd Jan 2006

Rescuers Say Thames Whale's Death May Save Others

Marine experts who failed to rescue a whale stranded in London's Thames River said on Sunday they hoped worldwide public interest in its fate would pr...

23rd Jan 2006

EU Countries Found Guilty Again of Overfishing

Europe's fishermen busted their annual catch allowances for the third year in a row in 2004, risking legal action and hefty fines for persistent viola...

20th Jan 2006

Activists Stalk Whalers in Cold Killing Grounds

Greenpeace said on Thursday it believes Japanese hunters have killed at least 123 whales in the icy seas off the coast of Antarctica since the start o...

20th Jan 2006

Dead whale left outside embassy

A huge beached whale has been dumped outside the Japanese embassy in Berlin. in a Greenpeace anti-whaling protest.BBC...

19th Jan 2006

Rare Right Whales Make Surprise Visit to Texas Coast

Researchers were surprised this week by the sudden appearance -- and quick disappearance -- of two rare Northern right whales in the busy industrial p...

19th Jan 2006

Ireland Joins Diplomatic Protest Against Japanese Whaling

Ireland, Australia, Britain, Brazil, France and Germany were among 17 countries which this week called on Japan to halt to its Antarctic whaling progr...

18th Jan 2006

21 dolphins washed up on Cornish beaches

Twenty-one dead dolphins have been washed up along the coast of Cornwall over the past four days.BBC...

16th Jan 2006

Japanese Whaler Harpoon in Near-Miss with Protesters

A Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly missed an inflatable boat carrying environmental protesters, causing one to fall into the freezing sea, as both si...

16th Jan 2006

Dolphin watchers given warnings.

Cans of lager are among the items which have been thrown at a dolphin delighting crowds of people in a Cumbrian town.BBC...

13th Jan 2006

New Zealand Seeks Anti-Whaling Pressure on Japan

New Zealand sailed into an escalating row between Japan's whaling fleet and environmental activists on Thursday calling for international pressure on ...

13th Jan 2006

Japan Says Clashes at Sea Could Reduce Whale Catch

Clashes at sea with two environmental groups will not bring Japan's whaling programme to a halt but could reduce the size of the catch, a senior offic...

13th Jan 2006

Effort watch sites

Have there been any recent sightings at an effort watch site near you ? The IWDG database now contains a total of 1754 watches carried out from 93 si...

12th Jan 2006

Whalers ram Greenpeace ship

This morning the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise was deliberately rammed and damaged by the Nisshin Maru, the factory ship of the Japanese whaling ...

8th Jan 2006

Action Needed to Protect Deep-Sea Fish

Protected ocean areas are needed to save deep-sea fish which have been driven to near extinction by commercial fishing, scientists said on Wednesday.P...

5th Jan 2006

Big whales move east along Irish south coast

Just a short note to alert whale watchers to some potentially excellent whale activity off the Waterford/Wexford coast at present.An “effort watch” ...

5th Jan 2006

Stranded whales shot dead in NZ

Dozens of stranded pilot whales have been shot dead in New Zealand to end their suffering when it was ruled too difficult to get them back in the sea....

1st Jan 2006

IWDG Development Plan (2006-2010)

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) was established in December 1990 and is an All-Ireland group “dedicated to the conservation and better under...

1st Jan 2006