2007

Live stranded fin whale in Roundstone, Co Galway UPDATE

A fin whale which live stranded on Friday, died overnight on Letterdyfe shore near Roundstone in Conamara...

29th Dec 2007

Fin whale and dolphins at Ardmore on Christmas day

A solitary fin whale was seen off Ram Head this Christmas morning along with 60+ common dolphins....

25th Dec 2007

Bottlenose dolphin drowns in illegal net

A bottlenose dolphin was discovered early 21/12/2007 entangled in monofilament netting which had been set at the beach in Ventry, Co. Kerry. The net w...

24th Dec 2007

Cobh bottlenose dolphins attack harbour porpoise

In a not-so-cheery Christmas tale, Conor Ryan reports on an incredible interaction between resident bottlenose dolphins at Cobh and a luckless harbour...

23rd Dec 2007

Fin whales now off Co. Wexford

Fin whale Update III: 22/12/07At least two fin whales observed by Andrew Malcolm on Sat 22nd Dec during an effort watch off Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Wat...

22nd Dec 2007

Christmas wishes

A short message on behalf of the IWDG to wish ye all Seasons Greetings and to thank you for your support in 2007. It has been another busy and succes...

22nd Dec 2007

Japan confirms plans to drop humpback whale hunt.

A controversial Japanese mission to hunt humpback whales in the Antarctic has been temporarily abandoned, a top government official says. However 935 ...

22nd Dec 2007

EU Moves Toward Unified Stance on Protecting Whales

The EU's executive adopted proposals on Thursday to help the 27-nation bloc speak with one voice on the whaling issue. Planet Ark...

21st Dec 2007

Japan to call off Humpback hunt?

Japan has apparently agreed not to kill humpback whales during its current Antarctic hunt, the US ambassador to Tokyo said on Wednesday. Planet Ark...

20th Dec 2007

EU Ministers Strike Deal on 2008 Fishing Quotas

EU countries struck a deal for 2008 catch quotas on Wednesday, watering down the European fisheries chief's proposals for the preservation of species ...

20th Dec 2007

Whale 'missing link' discovered

Remains found in the Kashmir region of India suggest a fox-sized mammal is the long-sought land-based ancestor of whales, dolphins and porpoises. BBC...

20th Dec 2007

European Maritime Day to be celebrated annually

The European Commission has proposed that a "European Maritime Day" be celebrated annually throughout the European Union on 20 May. This initiative is...

20th Dec 2007

Oil and gas plans hit by dolphins

Parts of Cardigan Bay may be off limits for oil and gas exploration because of a school of bottlenose dolphins, according to the UK Government. BBC...

20th Dec 2007

Video: the harsh reality of whaling

DEFRA Video: The film shows minke whales being hunted by Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. One whale is shot at six times and hit through the ta...

20th Dec 2007

Canberra to monitor Japan whalers

Australia will send a patrol ship and aircraft to monitor Japan's whaling fleet off Antarctica, the government in Canberra has said. BBC...

19th Dec 2007

Concerns over dolphin deaths raised with ICES

Following a meeting with the EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg in Strasbourg in July 2007, Marine Connection and The Wildlife Trusts met with Interna...

18th Dec 2007

Dead humpback whale examination

A post mortem examination is to take place on a young humpback whale which was found off the coast of south Wales. BBC...

16th Dec 2007

Australians Do Whale Count as Japan Hunt Nears

Australian researchers have begun an aerial count of whales in the Antarctic ahead of the yearly Japanese hunt as Australia's government mulls a legal...

16th Dec 2007

Live stranding in Donegal

IWDG have received reports of a bottlenose dolphin stranding at Marble Hill Strand, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal at around 10am, 15 December 2007....

15th Dec 2007

Teams recover dead humpback whale in Bristol Channel

A humpback whale has been found dead off the south Wales coast near Aberavon. BBC...

15th Dec 2007

Australia May Send Ship to Track Japan Whaling Fleet

Australia's new government may send a navy ship to Antarctica to track Japan's whaling fleet and gather evidence to mount a legal challenge, Prime Min...

14th Dec 2007

Third live stranding in six days.....Update

IWDG received a report at 10:45 this morning (10 December) of another live stranding on the west coast....

10th Dec 2007

Second live stranding in two days - Euthanased........ Update

The common dolphin live stranded in Co Mayo has been euthanased by local vet Siobhan O'Malley in consultation with NPWS....

6th Dec 2007

EU Has No Idea How Much Fish It Catches - Watchdog

The European Union has no real idea of how many fish its national fleets catch each year and is failing to clamp down hard on vessels that exceed nati...

5th Dec 2007

Striped dolphin live-strands in Galway

A striped dolphin that live-stranded at Claddagh beach, near Galway city this morning has died....

5th Dec 2007

West Cork fin whale reports: 26/11/07-4/12/07

Report 13: 4/12/07Neil Deasy reports a sighting from the east side of the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork, of what are likely to be upwards of 6 fin wha...

4th Dec 2007

Man fined for harassing dolphins

A man convicted of recklessly harassing a school of dolphins while on a jet ski has been fined £500. BBC...

4th Dec 2007

Concern for missing Kent dolphin

Wildlife experts have expressed fears that a friendly bottlenose dolphin that has been swimming off the Kent coast for the past year may have died. BB...

28th Nov 2007

West Cork fin whale reports: 6/11/07 - 21/11/07

Report 9: 21/11/07Colin Barnes reports the fin whales still very close inshore in Toe Head area today, with a minimum of 4 fin whales and 6+ minkes. H...

21st Nov 2007

IWDG condemn Japanese “scientific” whaling

As the Japanese government embark on a new programme of “scientific” whaling the IWDG condemns this “research” programme as unacceptable and calls...

21st Nov 2007

Whale lost in Amazon found dead

A minke whale that had strayed deep into the Amazon rainforest has been found dead. Guardian.co.uk...

21st Nov 2007

Saga of the juvenile humpback whale goes on...Update

Report III, 20/11/07Wouter Jan Strietman reports that the Irish/Dutch Juvenile Humpback whale has been very active today in the Ijmuiden area of the N...

20th Nov 2007

US joins critics of Japan whaling

The US has added its voice to international criticism of Japan's largest-ever whaling expedition. BBC...

19th Nov 2007

Another species this month for Waterford

On a short watch from Ram Head this afternoon, a Risso's dolphin was seen, bringing to 6 the species spotted from this location in the last fortnight...

18th Nov 2007

Whale found 1,000 miles up the Amazon

Biologists and villagers in a remote corner of the Amazon rainforest were searching for a 12-tonne whale yesterday that had reportedly lost its way an...

17th Nov 2007

Commentary on Japanese scientific whaling

During the austral summer of 2007/08, hunting of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales will recommence after almost half a century of protection. The st...

14th Nov 2007

European Commission Adopts a Major Extension of the NATURA 2000 Network

The Commission today adopted four decisions that significantly extend the Natura 2000 network in four biogeographical regions. Given the large natural...

13th Nov 2007

Waterford strikes back...Updated with video footage!

It had been almost five months since we had seen any large whales from our Ram Head vantage spot. The briefly gained kudos of having seen the first fi...

10th Nov 2007

IWDG On the Air in Northern Ireland

Following on from the media interest the humpback whale story, IWDG members in Northern Ireland have become screen stars too with recent coverage of c...

8th Nov 2007

Gross lesions on Dusty the North Clare dolphin - UPDATE

The lesions on the tailstock of Dusty, the friendly dolphin in North Clare are probably caused by Nocardia infection....

6th Nov 2007

Whale hit by ship off Cornwall

The body of a minke whale that washed ashore on the south coast of Cornwall has been examined by volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Stra...

6th Nov 2007

IWDG in the News and on the Air

There is huge media interest at the moment fuelled by the story of the Juvenile Humpback whale in west Cork that arrived in West Cork, via the North S...

5th Nov 2007

Commission proposes to protect fragile deep-water ecosystems on the high seas from bottom trawling

The EU Commission tabled today a strategy for the protection of vulnerable deep sea ecosystems from destructive fishing practices. It also adopted a p...

2nd Nov 2007

November starts where October left off!

Another amazing day in West Cork with lunge feeding fin whales, not to forget numerous minkes. Read on for images of today's activity....

1st Nov 2007

Ireland's 1st International Humpback Whale Match

A young humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae was observed on 28th Sept. 2007 off Co. Cork, Ireland. The same humpback whale was observed off the Ne...

30th Oct 2007

Fin whale activity concentrated off West Cork..for now!

Regular "effort watches" off the Irish South coast in the past few days show that the fin whale activity appears to be concentrated off West Cork.Over...

25th Oct 2007

2007 Southwest Herring Acoustic Survey Summary

During the survey 127hrs of survey effort was logged, with 66% of this in sea state 3 or less (not bad for October!). 115 sightings of nine cetacean s...

24th Oct 2007

Sightings round-up Sept/October......UPDATE!

Report II: 22th OctColin Barnes reports between 15-20 fin whales just Southwest of Galley Head, West Cork during a Whale Watch trip on board the MV Ho...

22nd Oct 2007

Latest IWDG offshore Ship Survey Reports

Dave Wall, IWDG, who has joined the Marine Institute's 2007 Southwest Herring Acoustic Survey on the R.V. Celtic Explorer, reports daily on the latest...

16th Oct 2007

Dolphin with amputated tail found stranded in Cornish harbour

A young bottlenose dolphin with its tail amputated by a sharp knife was recovered from St Ives harbour this week by volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife ...

12th Oct 2007

Ships asked to avoid whale route

The endangered right whale is to get extra protection after a safe haven from shipping was set aside off Nova Scotia in Canada. EU Commission...

11th Oct 2007

IWDG Respond to Criticism over Corrib Gas

With the recent sighting of a group of bottlenose dolphins in Broadhaven Bay, Co Mayo, the IWDG have been accused of inactivity with respect to the Co...

10th Oct 2007

IWDG Workshop - Howth, Co Dublin UPDATE

There was a good mix of people from divers to yachts people and also members of the IWDG. 27 people attended and had a lot of information thrown at th...

9th Oct 2007

Stranded dolphin in Wexford identified.

The stranded dolphin at Tinnaberna, near Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford has been identified as a risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)....

5th Oct 2007

Blasket Island harbour porpoise survey completed

The Blasket Islands are a candidate Special Area of Conservation for harbour porpoises - one of only two designated in Ireland. The IWDG and GMIT suc...

2nd Oct 2007

Live stranding in Tramore, Co. Waterford

Two striped dolphins, an adult female and calf, live stranded in Tramore, Co. Waterford today (16 Sep).The calf, which had remained in the water unfor...

16th Sep 2007

Another live stranding in Co. Donegal.....UPDATE!

IWDG received a report of another live stranded cetacean in Co. Donegal yesterday (8 September)...

9th Sep 2007

Bottlenose Dolphins in West Cork & Kerry..UPDATE!

A pod of bottlenose dolphins have been reported in the Long Strand area of West Cork in the past two days. More in Kerry. ...

4th Sep 2007

September starts well for Kerry Whale Watchers

In the past few days sea-watchers have been enjoying some great cetacean observations from several sites along the Dingle Peninsula area. Locations t...

2nd Sep 2007

Cat litter killing whales, dolphins, porpoises

Pet owners who flush used cat litter down the lavatory may be responsible for the deaths of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Britain's coast, acc...

1st Sep 2007

Whale Watching doesn't get much better!

An improvement in the weather which has blighted Summer 2007, was the excuse we needed to book a place with Colin Barnes on the MV Holly Jo on Wed 22n...

23rd Aug 2007

Galley Head access situation

IWDG have been advised that for the foreseeable future there is no public access to Galley Head lighthouse. ...

22nd Aug 2007

IWDG Aug. Cape Clear Weekend Course Results

The IWDG ran their 3rd and last in the summer series of weekend courses on Cape Clear Is.We cheated the weather again, as thankfully the worst of the ...

21st Aug 2007

Masters Research Opportunity in Cetacean Ecology

GMIT in collaboration with the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation have recently advertised a MSc on "Acoustic techniques for the conservation man...

20th Aug 2007

Common dolphin live stranded in Co Mayo

A common dolphin live stranded on Old Head beach near Louisburgh this morning. It was attended by Eoin McGreal of the National Parks and Wildlife Serr...

20th Aug 2007

White beaked dolphins off Tory Isl, Donegal

A seabird & cetacean pelagic off Tory Isl waters, produces a nice surprise.......

17th Aug 2007

Large baleen whales in West Cork..See daily UPDATES!

Report VII: 16th AugAnother 4-5 fin whales observed this afternoon this time further west of Galley than in previous days, in the area c5 miles south ...

15th Aug 2007

Whale Watch Ireland 2007 Results

IWDG wish to extend a huge thanks you to all watch leaders, volunteers and of course Inis Cologne & Failte Ireland for sponsoring and supporting this ...

7th Aug 2007

Humpback whale in Waterford harbour..UPDATE II!

Update II 3/08/07A report from John Crowley suggests that this humpback whale, "Boomerang" has moved west towards the Tramore area. On on 1st August i...

3rd Aug 2007

NPWS implement new mitigation guidelines

New mitigation measures to protect marine mammals during acoustic seafloor surveys in Irish waters came into force last week. These measures "Code of...

23rd Jul 2007

Shannon dolphin ID catalogue updated

The Shannon dolphin photo-identification catalogue has been updated with new and recent images of 200 individual dolphins....

18th Jul 2007

Latest Irish Air Corp images from our offshore frontier

The 101 Maritime Squadron have forwarded more sightings of several offshore species, this time from Northwest waters....

14th Jul 2007

Spate of live strandings on north coast......Update

After a relatively quiet few weeks on the strandings front, there have been three separate live- strandings in counties Donegal & Derry....

12th Jul 2007

And our 10,000th cetacean record is......

IWDG are delighted to announce that the milestone of the 10,000th cetacean sighting record has just been achieved....

11th Jul 2007

Cape Clear July course results

Warm settled weather, made for a successful weekend course on Cape, even if the beasts were few and far between....

10th Jul 2007

Divers enjoy the company of basking sharks in Kerry!....Update

Update II :9 JulyUnfortunately the IWDG received a report on Saturday (7th July) of a stranded basking shark at Drom East, Cloghane, Co. Kerry. The c....

9th Jul 2007

New ferry survey route accross North Sea

Marine conservation charity Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) is pleased to announce the development of a new partnership with ferry company DFDS Seaways th...

9th Jul 2007

Dolphins remain in Dublin/Wicklow..Updates

Report update VII: 4 July 16:50Two additional dolphin reports today from Bray and Wicklow Head suggest that the bottlenose dolphins are still active i...

4th Jul 2007

IWDG approach 10,000th sighting milestone

Crikey, it doesn't seem all that long ago when on a busy month we might receive 15 sighting records, whereas today we could receive this many sighting...

28th Jun 2007

More Irish Air Corp images from offshore

The 101 Maritime Squadron have forward more sightings of both Pilot and Northern bottlenose whales from the Southwest region....

25th Jun 2007

Bottlenose dolphins still off Antrim coast..Update

Report update III: 19th June 2007 IWDG have just received a further update on this amazing dolphin activity off the East Antrim Coast, which centers a...

20th Jun 2007

Killer whales in the Maharees, Co. Kerry

Divers were treated to amazing close-up views of two killer whales off the Maharees, Co. Kerry on 17th June 2007...

19th Jun 2007

Basking Shark Soup along the South coast! Update

Report update VI: 13 June Upwards of 20 basking sharks were reported by whale watch operator Colin Barnes in several locations between High Island and...

14th Jun 2007

Public talk, Whitehead, Co. Antrim Friday 15th June

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are holding a public talk on the whales and dolphins of Ireland on Friday 15th June....

11th Jun 2007

Northwest and North coast produce sightings

This lovely photo of a minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrataWest of Aranmore Isl., Co. Donegal on 8/06/07 taken by IWDG member John Rafferty www.john...

11th Jun 2007

Leatherback Turtles now arrived

The 1st Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea of 2007 was reported to IWDG by Jane Cotter, inside the Mouth of the Shannon Estuary about 2 miles eas...

5th Jun 2007

Wet Weekend Course on Cape Clear

Faced with driving southerly winds, persistent rain and zero visibility, the 1st of the IWDG's summer weekend courses was always going to be a challen...

4th Jun 2007

Fin whales still off Waterford over Bank holiday

A group of c7 fin whales remained south of Ardmore Head, Co. Waterford over the Bank holiday weekend. ...

4th Jun 2007

Kerry, White-sided dolphin live- stranding...UPDATE

An Atlantic white-sided dolphin that stranded near Cloghane on 15 May, appears not to have survived the refloat attempt....

29th May 2007

Fin whales now off Cork coast 29/05/07..Update

Report II 3/06/07 Andrew Malcolm and Ann Trimble observed c7 fin whales at Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Waterford during an effort watch on Sunday morning 3...

29th May 2007

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29th May 2007

Cetacean Identification and Recording Workshop

Cetacean Identification and Recording WorkshopSunday 24 June 2007Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Kilrush, Co ClareThe aim of this workshop is to ...

28th May 2007

Big Minke whale Day on the Irish Sea Thurs. 24/05/07

With good weather predicted on the 3-day forcast for last Thursday, it was time to utilise our new flexible booking arrangement with Irish Ferries and...

27th May 2007

First Fin whales off Waterford and now Kerry..UPDATE

25/05/07 Update Kerry Report II Nick Massett of Ventry, Co. Kerry who has been carrying out regular "effort watches" from Slea Head area over the past...

26th May 2007

Bottlenose dolphins now in Kinsale Harbour

IWDG initially learned of this most recent Bottlenose dolphin activity during a "Heritage In Schools" visit to to St. Joseph's Girls Primary School Ki...

25th May 2007

IWDG Website Upgrade

Under the ISCOPE project we have just carried out a major upgrade of the IWDG website. ...

22nd May 2007

Risso's dolphins arrive on cue off Wicklow Coast

IWDG have just received a call 21/05/07 from Brendan Dillon, General Electric, who is working on the offshore windfarm at the Arklow Banks, Co. Wicklo...

21st May 2007

New Cork Hbr Bottlenose dolphins move up-river..UPDATE 3

Update 3: 16 May By Aidan Fleming This nice shot by Aidan Fleming taken at 19:00 on 16th May is of one of the pod of bottlenose dolphins bow-riding th...

16th May 2007

Common dolphin euthanased Timoleague, West Cork.

It's been a busy week for IWDG on the live-stranding front, with two in two days. Today's outcome was very different to yesterday's....

16th May 2007

Basking sharks galore...UPDATE

Although the work of the IWDG is firmly focused on recording cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Irish waters, we do accept, validate and di...

10th May 2007

Sperm whale live stranded in Magheroarty, Co Donegal

28 April - Sperm whale live stranding (26 April) - update...

28th Apr 2007

Update on the travels of a young humpback whale

The IWDG have just received an interesting report from Marie Ryan, Kilkee, Co. Clare, with supporting images, which help us piece together a missing ...

27th Apr 2007

Controversial Fáilte Ireland Tourism Advert

Update.... 1 May 2007: We note with interest that the text appearing on this ad has been changed to reflect our concerns about the the ad's inaccuracy...

19th Apr 2007

Tory Island Whale-Watching Weekend 11th - 13th May 2007

There are a limited number of places remaining on the IWDG whale-watching weekend which takes place on Tory Island on 11th - 13th May 2007.This will b...

18th Apr 2007

First Basking shark Sightings of 2007

IWDG have received two separate basking shark sightings on consecutive days, both were of small specimens in the Irish Sea. The 1st basking shark sigh...

16th Apr 2007

Huge group of bottlenose dolphins in Galway Bay

As part of my PhD, funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, based at GMIT, dedicated transects are carried out in Galway Bay, weather permit...

28th Mar 2007

First Minke whales of 2007

The IWDG have received the first confirmed report of minke whales in 2007, with two seen west of the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork, 25th March by Shan...

28th Mar 2007

Tory Island Whale-Watching Weekend 11- 13 May 2007

Bookings are now being taken for the IWDG whale-watching weekend which takes place on Tory Island on 11th - 13th May 2007.This will be our 4th year ru...

21st Mar 2007

Spate of Strandings in Kerry

From the 3rd March to the 17th March 2007, there have been five separate stranding incidents reported to the IWDG in Co. Kerry.On the 3rd of March, a ...

17th Mar 2007

Rare Mekong Dolphin Making a Comeback

Cambodia's rare Mekong dolphin is making a tentative comeback from the edge of extinction after net fishing was banned in its main habitat, Cambodian ...

8th Mar 2007

Rescuers put down beached whale

A young whale which had become stranded on a north Wales beach has been put down by a rescue team.BBC...

7th Mar 2007

Man denies dolphin jet ski claims

A 21-year-old man has denied recklessly harassing dolphins by driving a jet ski at high speed in Moray waters.BBC...

6th Mar 2007

Bottlenose dolphins off Loop Head

A group of 20-30 bottlenose dolphins were observed for hours close in to Loop Head....

3rd Mar 2007

Japan Cuts Short Antarctic Whale Hunt

Japan has abandoned whale hunting in the Antarctic for this season after its main whaling ship was crippled by a fire two weeks ago, the Fisheries Age...

3rd Mar 2007

IWDG Stranding Database updated

The cetacean sighting and stranding schemes are the backbone of the IWDG and we have been co-ordinating both on an All-Ireland basis since 1991. It i...

1st Mar 2007

Japan Whaling Ship Clears Antarctic Danger Zone

A Japanese whaling ship, stranded for 10 days off the Antarctic coast after a fire, no longer posed a danger to wildlife but was staying in the frigid...

27th Feb 2007

Spain Asks Ships to Swerve for Whales

Spain is advising ships passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the world's busiest maritime lanes, to slow down and look out for whales.Plane...

26th Feb 2007

Sperm whales sighted by Irish Air Corp on 23/02/07

IWDG have been contacted by the Colum Lawlor of the Air Corp Maritime Squadron to report a pod of nine Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), on 23 Fe...

26th Feb 2007

Irish Cetacean Research Seminar-Report

In June 2006 the IWDG organised an Irish Cetacean Research Seminar in collaboration with the Marine Institute and the National Parks and Wildlife Serv...

26th Feb 2007

Scientists Add Shark Species to Endangered List

Scientists added several species of deep sea sharks on Thursday to the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) endangered Red List due to overfishing.Planet...

23rd Feb 2007

Sperm Whales return to the Mediterranean

Italian scientists have discovered large numbers of sperm whales travelling past the south coast of Scicily....

22nd Feb 2007

Japanese Whaler May Move, Activists Fear Oil Spill

A Japanese whaling ship stranded off Antarctica could move on its own power within several days, an official said, but anti-whaling activists warned t...

22nd Feb 2007

Humpback whale spotted off island

A humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of the Isle of Man.BBC...

21st Feb 2007

IWDG Stand at Boat Show, another success.

Over this five-day event Feb 14-18th between 2,500-3,000 sailors, boat owners and people with a broad interest in the marine visited the IWDG stand....

20th Feb 2007

Anti-Whalers Run Low on Fuel, end Southern Ocean Protest

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which has clashed with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, will end its protest on Wednesday as its ships are run...

15th Feb 2007

Fractured Whaling Body Could Collapse - Delegates

The International Whaling Commission may be headed for collapse unless it manages to overcome distrust and confrontation, delegates to a special meeti...

15th Feb 2007

Whaling Activists Withdraw Threat to Ram Japan Fleet

Activists withdrew a threat to ram a Japanese whaling fleet in the frigid Southern Ocean on Tuesday, while in Tokyo pro-whaling nations met to push fo...

14th Feb 2007

Japanese Tech May Save India's River Dolphins - WWF

Japanese technology to track and monitor the behaviour of India's endangered Ganges River Dolphins using underwater acoustics will play a vital role i...

12th Feb 2007

Japan Pushes Whaling as Consumers' Appetite Fades

Whaleburgers are on the menu at Akiji Ichihara's restaurant to lure young customers, who tend to turn up their noses at boiled blubber or sliced raw w...

12th Feb 2007

Porpoise at Blackhead - loads of them

Ever wanted to get great views of Harbour Porpoise even without binoculars? For hour after hour after hour? Then make the trip to Blackhead, Co. Antri...

11th Feb 2007

Fin whales still showing between Ram Head and Capel Island.

Update II 9/02/07IWDG observer Andrew Malcolm reports that a two hour effort watch off Ardmore, Co. Waterford on 9/02/07 has produced another three fi...

9th Feb 2007

Whaling truce in high seas rescue

A Japanese whaling ship joined in the search for two anti-whaling activists who went missing during a confrontation in icy seas off Antarctica.BBC...

9th Feb 2007

Japan Says Trying to Prevent Rare-Whale Deaths

Japan is trying to prevent the deaths of critically endangered gray whales after one was found caught in a fishing net last month, a senior fisheries ...

9th Feb 2007

Anti-Whaling Ships say they Have Been Made "Pirates"

An anti-whaling group searching Antarctic waters for a Japanese whaling fleet with the aim of disrupting its operations said both its vessels will soo...

5th Feb 2007

Britain Launches Anti-Whaling Recruitment Drive

Britain set out on Wednesday to recruit more anti-whaling nations to join the International Whaling Commission and head off a drive by Japan to resume...

1st Feb 2007

Whale Watching …east Cork, West Waterford the place to be

Availing of the continuing weather window, the IWDG headed out again on Mon 29th Jan joining a research project by BIM, and found common dolphins and ...

30th Jan 2007

Killer whale pod spotted in Forth

A pod of killer whales has been spotted in the Firth of Forth, killing and eating seals.BBC...

30th Jan 2007

US$25,000 Reward Offered for Japan Whalers' Location

An anti-whaling group patrolling the Ross Sea off Antarctica has offered a US$25,000 reward to any person or group that can provide coordinates of the...

30th Jan 2007

EU Govts Rapped for not Protecting Deep-Sea Fish

EU countries are not doing enough to save Europe's deep-water fish, exotic but threatened species that are fast becoming an alternative to overcaught ...

30th Jan 2007

Boycott May Loom over Japan Meeting on Whaling

Japan has called a special meeting of members of an international whaling group next month to help lift a global moratorium on hunting of whales, but ...

29th Jan 2007

Greenpeace Set to Confront Japanese Whalers

International environmental group Greenpeace will set sail from New Zealand on Friday to again confront Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, ...

29th Jan 2007

IWDG exploratory Fin whale cruise success

During two days at sea in the waters off Ardmore and Youghal we had nine Fin whale encounters of upwards of 7-8 animals. Several of whom were photo-id...

28th Jan 2007

IWDG search for Fin whales off Waterford....Update (4)

Update IV 25/01/2007The IWDG had a successful day attempting to locate and photograph fin whales off east Cork/west Waterford today. Despite choppy s...

25th Jan 2007

Fin whales galore in Waterford's inshore waters.

IWDG have now received three reports from seperate sites, 24th Jan, of what are most likely fin whales off the Waterford coast. See article below for...

24th Jan 2007

US Navy Gets 2-Year Whale Protection Law Exemption

The Pentagon on Tuesday exempted the Navy for two years from a law protecting whales so it may continue using military sonar while working on a long-t...

24th Jan 2007

Japan Meeting Seeks to Save Tuna from Extinction

Illegal fishing has depleted global stocks of tuna and governments need to take bold action to save some critically endangered species, the WWF conser...

23rd Jan 2007

Bluefin Tuna Risks Commercial Extinction, WWF Says

Illegal fishing has critically depleted global stocks of tuna and some species are at high risk of commercial extinction, environmental group WWF said...

22nd Jan 2007

Canada Finds Killer Whales Drawn to Warmer Arctic

Melting Arctic sea ice may be attracting more killer whales to Canada's far northern waters, and that could mean some Inuit hunters will be competing ...

22nd Jan 2007

WTO Plans Threaten Sea Life - Greenpeace

Pirates and licenced trawlers are pillaging the world's oceans, while proposals on the table for trade ministers meeting in Switzerland next week coul...

22nd Jan 2007

Rescuers Free Dolphins Stranded off New York

Rescuers guided eight distressed dolphins back into open water on Tuesday, a week after several of the animals became stranded in a shallow cove off L...

18th Jan 2007

European Court of Justice rules against Ireland for failing to provide protection to cetaceans

On 11 January 2007 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Ireland has failed to implement the Habitats Directive with regard to cetaceans....

17th Jan 2007

Bush Signs Bill to Prevent Overfishing

President George W. Bush on Friday signed legislation aimed at preventing overfishing in US waters.Planet Ark...

15th Jan 2007

Record number of cetacean strandings during 2006

A total of 145 records of stranded cetaceans were reported to the IWDG during 2006 - which is the highest annual total since records began.A list of a...

12th Jan 2007

Sorry Dude! no Hard Feelings after Whale Hits Boat

A sailor whose yacht was destroyed by a humpback whale off New Zealand said he had got a good "vibe" from the giant mammal and thought it was trying t...

11th Jan 2007

Icelandic Whalers Have Yet to Sell Any Whale Meat

Some 100 tonnes of whale meat is sitting unsold in Icelandic freezers three months after Reykjavik sparked global ire by resuming commercial hunts, a ...

11th Jan 2007

Scientists Baffled by US Stranding of Dolphins

Scientists are struggling to explain the stranding of 31 dolphins and a pilot whale off the coast of Massachusetts since the start of the year, includ...

11th Jan 2007

Flying porpoises to fluking fin whales....what next?

Arriving at Ram Head at 10.15 this morning 10/01/07, I spotted my first whale of the day within 10 minutes. From the height of the blow alone, I imme...

11th Jan 2007

Climate food threat to porpoises

Climate change is disturbing the food supply of the harbour porpoise, one of Britain's sea mammals, research shows.BBC...

10th Jan 2007

Flying Harbour Porpoise – not so dull.

Generally thought of as pretty dull in their repertoire of behaviour there have been some recent observations of Porpoise putting on a show that have ...

9th Jan 2007

1st whales of 2007 to Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Freezing cold at Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Waterford on Saturday 6th January, with sea state close to a 4, wind a 4 too, swell 1mtr+, viz. 11-15km. Init...

8th Jan 2007

Iceland's Baugur Says Whaling Risks Boycotts

The resumption of commercial whale hunts in Iceland could prompt consumer boycotts of the island nation's companies abroad, Baugur Group, owner of Bri...

5th Jan 2007

And the 1st sighting of 2007 is.....

We've just received the 1st cetacean sighting of 2007 which was made by David Dyland while angling off the Rocks at Howth Head, Co. Dublin on 3rd Jan....

2nd Jan 2007