2008

Hardline Environmentalists Pursue Japan's Whalers

A hard line environmentalist group chasing Japanese whalers near Antarctica said on Saturday it would do its utmost to disrupt the hunt although bad w...

23rd Dec 2008

Season's greeting to all user's of www.iwdg.ie

On behalf of all the IWDG committee and directors we'd like to take this opportunity to extend seasons greeting to all our visitors to this site and t...

22nd Dec 2008

Major species close to extinction – 9 to watch in 2009

World Wildlife Fund has released its annual list of some of the most threatened species around the world, saying that the long-term survival of many i...

19th Dec 2008

West Cork large whale update...now with video!

Another whale watch trip in testing conditions off Galley Head with Colin Barnes yesterday 14th Dec. produced more world class sightings of minke, hum...

16th Dec 2008

Huge new population of Irrawaddy dolphins discovered in Bangladesh

Several species of dolphin and one porpoise species have been awarded greater protection through the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) at its 9th ...

12th Dec 2008

Huge pod of Bottlenose dolphins seen off the Isle of Man.

A pod of 160 Bottlenose dolphins has been seen several times around the Isle of Man recently, the largest pod ever recorded there. Wildlife Extra...

12th Dec 2008

Log: LE Róisín December Patrol

Survey Ended: December PatrolArea: Southwest and South CoastAgency: Naval ServiceShip: L.E. RóisínObserver: Dave Wall______________________________...

12th Dec 2008

Wed. 10th... A big day for Irish humpback whale research

With a sense that the current run of large whale activity off West Cork can't last forever, it was decided to organise another research cruise with Co...

11th Dec 2008

Greenpeace Bids To Turn Japan Against Whaling

Greenpeace launched a campaign to turn Japan against whaling on Tuesday, with directors of the group from around the world delivering a letter to Prim...

10th Dec 2008

Bottlenose Bonanza for N. Ireland....again!

Once again bottlenose dolphins have appeared along the Antrim coast in an impressive aggregation of at least 100 animals.As if on cue for this Thursda...

8th Dec 2008

Humpback numbers building in West Cork...Update

Large whale Report update 7 Dec 2008Upwards of a dozen fin and at least 4 humpback whales remained in the waters off Galley head over the weekend. Let...

7th Dec 2008

Ocean noise poses grave threat to marine mammals

A report released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Ocean Noise: Turn it down, showed that, in recent decades, ocean noise created ...

5th Dec 2008

Endangered dolphins being mutilated in New Zealand

Endangered Hector's dolphins are being killed and mutilated, according to evidence from the Department of Conservation. Wildlife Extra...

5th Dec 2008

Dolphin population stunted by fishing activities despite anti bycatch measures

Despite broad "dolphin safe" practices, fishing activities have continued to restrict the growth of at least one Pacific Ocean dolphin population, a n...

5th Dec 2008

Gifts for the festive season

It's that time of year again and no doubt some of you are still looking for ideas for Christmas presents........

4th Dec 2008

Monitoring Northern Irelands' Cetaceans

A free public talk will take place on Thursday 11 December on "Monitoring Northern Irelands' whales, dolphins and porpoises" at at the Coastal Zone, P...

1st Dec 2008

150 Whales Die In Stranding Off Australian Coast

At least 150 whales have died in a mass stranding off Tasmania's west coast, Australian authorities said on Sunday, despite the efforts of rescuers wh...

1st Dec 2008

Japan Imports Whale Meat 1st Time In 17 Years

Japan has recently purchased whale meat from Iceland, marking the first such imports in 17 years, Kyodo News reported, a move that will likely irk env...

1st Dec 2008

Does whale watching get any better than this?

Watch the accompanying video and make up your own minds! Another photo ID trip produces whales aplenty including two humpback whales. ...

29th Nov 2008

DNA tests identify new species of dolphin in Australia

Marine mammal experts have uncovered a new species of dolphin in Australian waters, challenging existing knowledge about bottlenose dolphins and highl...

28th Nov 2008

Humpbacks now among West Cork fin whales...Update

Large whale Report update 25th Nov 2008No real change to report. The same high levels of activity have been reported SE of Galley Head area and off S...

25th Nov 2008

Surviving Whales Tracked By Satellite In Australia

The whales were the only ones from a group of 64 long-finned pilot whales that survived the mass stranding on Saturday. Planet Ark...

25th Nov 2008

Australian Rescuers Save 11 Whales After Mass Stranding

11 of the 64 animals found stranded on the island's north coast on Saturday were released after a day-long effort which involved relocating them by ro...

24th Nov 2008

Australia Govt Says Will Not Monitor Japan Whalers

As Japan's whaling fleet heads to the Southern Ocean to hunt close to 1,000 minke and fin whales, Canberra said it was pursing a diplomatic solution t...

24th Nov 2008

Canadian Hunters Killing Narwhals Trapped In Ice

The whales -- which number between 100 and 200 -- are stuck near Bylot Island, close to the tiny town of Pond Inlet on the northern end of Baffin Isla...

24th Nov 2008

Fin whales off Galley Head area.

The land and boat based whale watching potential is wonderful at present as at least a dozen fin and many minke whales have been seen off Courtmacsher...

21st Nov 2008

A million tonnes of fish dumped in the North Sea every year

A million tonnes of fish and other sea creatures caught in the North Sea are thrown overboard every year, according to a new report from WWF-Germany. ...

21st Nov 2008

Cetaceans: can we manage to conserve them ?

As part of the IWDG/GMIT project PReCAST, Greg Donovan, of the International Whaling Commission will give a public lecture in GMIT at 13:10 on Monday ...

19th Nov 2008

Australia Presses Japan To End Whale Hunt

Japan's annual cull, carried out for what it says is scientific research, will begin in weeks. Planet Ark...

18th Nov 2008

Japan's Whaling Fleet Sets Out For Antarctic

The Nisshin Maru set out from Innoshima in western Japan, Greenpeace said, part of a plan to take about 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales. Last year ...

18th Nov 2008

EU Proposes Penalties To Combat Illegal Fishing

European Union Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg, who has often complained that existing controls are inadequate, proposed tightening up controls on ins...

17th Nov 2008

IWDG take advantage of whales and weather.

Once again it was land-based reports from our network which gave us that all important steer as to where we should search for fin whales during our we...

14th Nov 2008

Striped dolphin live strands near Dingle, Co. Kerry

A striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba live stranded today (14 November) at Doonsheane, near Dingle, Co. Kerry....

14th Nov 2008

US Top Court Rules For Navy In Whales-Sonar Case

In the most significant environmental case of its new term and its first ruling of the term, the high court threw out a federal judge's injunction tha...

13th Nov 2008

Helicopters Collect Whale Snot from Blowholes

Tiny, remote-controlled helicopters hovering above the blowholes of whales have collected snot samples that could help scientists learn which bacteria...

12th Nov 2008

Eureka...Blue whales off Irish Southwest waters...UPDATE

Report IV: 4/11/08 We have just heard back from Richard Sears of Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) Research Station in the Gulf of St. Lawre...

4th Nov 2008

Urgent call to protect threatened Meditteranean Common Dolphins

Evidence shows that the decline of common dolphins and tuna was caused primarily by prey depletion resulting from overfishing. The impact of fishing o...

29th Oct 2008

Fin whales now off Waterford as well as Cork coast...update

Report Update 28/10/08...The reports keep rolling in of large baleen whale activity from multiple locations along the Irish South coast. This morning ...

28th Oct 2008

First effort watch from Mine Head Co. Waterford

IWDG members Ann Trimble and Andrew Malcolm carried out a first ever effort watch from Mine Head today. ...

27th Oct 2008

IWDG match another Irish Humpback whale

One of the two humpback whales photographed off Mine Head area, Co. Waterford last Friday 17th Oct. can now be confirmed as yet another humpback match...

24th Oct 2008

Appeal to help save Cornwall’s dolphins

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is appealing for donations for pingers that could save hundreds of Cornwall's dolphins and porpoises.Wildlife Extra...

24th Oct 2008

Log: 2008 Southwest Herring Acoustic Survey

Survey Ended: 2008 Southwest Herring Acoustic SurveyArea: Southwest and South CoastAgency: Marine InstituteShip: R.V. Celtic ExplorerObserver: Dave W...

24th Oct 2008

Humpback & fin whales....it's all happening in Waterford

On the basis of land-based observations by Andrew Malcolm late last week and a good weather window we decided to head east towards the Waterford coast...

20th Oct 2008

Beluga Whales In Alaska Listed As Endangered

The depleted population of beluga whales that swim off the coast of Alaska's largest city was listed as endangered on Friday by the federal government...

20th Oct 2008

Conamara Sea Week 2008

Whales and dolphins will feature at this years Conamara Sea Week Conference which is entitled The Marine - an area still unknown from 25-27 October at...

14th Oct 2008

Dead Fin whale strands in Co. Kerry

A phone call to Kevin Flannery/Dingle Oceanworld on 11th Oct. 2008 alerted IWDG to a stranded whale near Inch Beach, Co. Kerry....

12th Oct 2008

Seven species in three months for Waterford

Although this has seemed like a fairly quiet year as far as cetacean spotting is concerned there is obviously still a wide diversity of marine mammal ...

11th Oct 2008

US Justices Seem Split Over Navy Sonar Whales Case

The Supreme Court seemed on Wednesday closely split on whether President George W. Bush can exempt the Navy from federal environmental laws, a case pi...

9th Oct 2008

Bottlenose dolphin live stranded in Conamara

A bottlenose dolphin live stranded and died in Costello, Co Galway. A post-mortem examination showed the dolphin had been sick for some time and in po...

4th Oct 2008

Ocean "Dead Zones" Spread, Fish More at Risk - Study

The number of polluted "dead zones" in the world's oceans is rising fast and coastal fish stocks are more vulnerable to collapse than previously feare...

1st Oct 2008

Fin whales established in West Cork

Report III: 29/09/08We've received reports from local Ardfield farmer, Tim Feen this morning 29/09/08 of at least three fin whales blowing in the same...

29th Sep 2008

Six cetacean species in Kerry offshore daytrip

On Friday 26 September, an exploratory one day trip to the shelf edge west of the Blasket Islands produced an amazing six species of cetaceans in twe...

27th Sep 2008

Log: 2008 FSS Deepwater Survey

Survey Ended: 2008 FSS Deepwater SurveyArea: Shelf SlopesAgency: Marine InstituteShip: R.V. Celtic ExplorerObserver: Dave Wall_______________________...

21st Sep 2008

US plans to slow ships down to protect critically endangered North Atlantic Right whales

August 2008. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the final steps in the process of implementing new legislation designed to p...

12th Sep 2008

Research on blue whales near shipping lanes off California after spate of deaths.

September 2008. At least five blue whales were killed in the autumn of 2007, probably as a result of ship strikes in the southern California area. Wil...

12th Sep 2008

Call for Images of Bottlenose Dolphins in Irish Waters

Following a thorough trawl through the bottlenose dolphin images that have been sent to the IWDG over the years, we have successfully matched animals ...

11th Sep 2008

Fin whales remain near the shelf edge in the southwest ....Update

Report IV. 09/09/08Fin whales were observed offshore in the southwest region during a research cruise aboard the R.V. Celtic Voyager. The cruise which...

9th Sep 2008

Unusual whale and dolphin wash up on the Scilly Isles

A Sowerby's beaked whale and a Risso's dolphin calf have washed up in the Scilly Isles. Initial signs indicate that the Risso's calf may have been vic...

5th Sep 2008

85 tonnes of European whale meat to be dumped?

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that around 85 tonnes of whale meat, sent to Japan in late May 2008 from Iceland and Norway, may have to be di...

5th Sep 2008

Norwegian whalers can’t find enough whales

For all their talk about how whales are, Norway's whaling fleet will end its whaling season with only about 50% of its quota. Wildlife Extra...

5th Sep 2008

Cape Clear weekend course...best till the last!

IWDG have just delivered their 3rd and final summer weekend course on Cape Clear Island....

2nd Sep 2008

Whale Watch Ireland 2008 Results

IWDG are delighted that Whale Watch Ireland 2008 helped kick-start the 1st day of Heritage Week, which runs from 24th-31st August. For further detail...

26th Aug 2008

Plan would slow ships to protect whales

A US federal plan to help restore the endangered North Atlantic right whale population in waters along the East Coast took a step forward yesterday. ...

26th Aug 2008

Mediterranean Whale survey indicates declining numbers

Fin whales are rare and elusive animals but one of the best places to observe them is in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Wildlife Extra...

26th Aug 2008

Humpback whale on road to recovery but other species still under threat says IUCN

Some large whale species, including the humpback, are now less threatened with extinction, according to the cetacean update of the 2008 IUCN Red List....

25th Aug 2008

Survey hopes to help marine species thrive

Increasing activity in the Moray Firth ranging from offshore wind farm development to boat traffic is putting Scotland's precious populations of whale...

23rd Aug 2008

Australian Rangers Put Down Orphan Baby Whale

An orphaned whale calf which had been suckling from a yacht in a Sydney bay in a futile bid to find its mother was given a lethal dose of anaesthetic ...

22nd Aug 2008

Mexico starts campaign to save endangered porpoise

Mexico said Wednesday it will invest 163 million pesos (US$16 million) to save a highly endangered species of porpoise in the upper Gulf of California...

21st Aug 2008

Prohibition of Whale-Hunting Along Chile’s Coast Awaits Senate Vote

Chile's Chamber of Deputies voted unanimously last Thursday to declare the country's coastline a whale sanctuary. ...

18th Aug 2008

Common dolphin mother and calf live-strand

IWDG recieved calls on Saturday afternoon that two dolphins were repeatedly live-stranding at the Cockle Beach in Crookhaven West Cork. Despite at lea...

17th Aug 2008

Harbour Porpoise in River Bann, Co. Derry..Update 2

Report III – 16/08/08NIEA monitoring of the porpoise continued in Coleraine from 7am on Saturday morning, amid torrential rain and sodden street clea...

16th Aug 2008

Dolphins on the brink off Vizag, Kakinada

Dolphins and sharks may soon disappear from the Bay of Bengal off the Vizag coast. The cause: increased fishing activity and movement of mechanised bo...

16th Aug 2008

IWDG Whale-Watching weekend courses

On completion of the very successful June and July Whale Watching weekend courses, we still have a few places left on the 3rd and last of our weekend ...

14th Aug 2008

Bann fish attract aquatic visitor

Afternoon shoppers rushing across the Millennium footbridge in the town centre stopped in their tracks when they noticed a harbour porpoise in the Riv...

14th Aug 2008

Surveys with Irish Air Corps Take Off!

This month saw the third survey conducted with the Irish Air Corps under the PReCAST Project. PReCAST surveyors accompany the Maritime Squadron on the...

13th Aug 2008

Group seeks protection for endangered Taiwan dolphin

An environmental group on Wednesday called on Taiwan's government to protect one of the most endangered dolphins in the world, a day after a world con...

13th Aug 2008

Fin whales make welcome return to Cork coast

IWDG have received news of what is likely to be the 1st of the season's inshore sighting of fin whales in Cork waters....

12th Aug 2008

Big Whales seen from big Ships off East Coast

The IWDG have received two sightings in the past week of large baleen whales from the east coast. ...

8th Aug 2008

Scientists look into death of harbor porpoises

Bay Area researchers are looking into whether harbor porpoises that have washed up on local beaches in recent months might have been killed by long-te...

5th Aug 2008

Bottlenose dolphins return to North Antrim coast

Northern Irish whale watchers are once again treated to sightings of bottlenose dolphins....

3rd Aug 2008

Porpoise deaths unexplained off California waters

A wave of porpoise deaths in Northern California has puzzled scientists and more of the dead mammals may wash ashore onto beaches in August, animal re...

3rd Aug 2008

Malta dolphin park listed among 'cruellest' destinations

The Mediterraneo Marine Park in Bahar in-Caghaq has been listed as one of seven cruel destinations by the largest animal rights organisation in the wo...

3rd Aug 2008

Hi-tech 'pinger' to save dolphins from fishing nets

Conservationists in Cornwall are planning to use a hi-tech sonic device in a battle to save the last group of bottlenose dolphins to swim in English w...

3rd Aug 2008

US Navy May Do Away With Live Bomb Tests

The southern Georgia and northern Florida coastline could see fewer live bombs if an environmental safety document wins the approval of the U.S. Navy....

2nd Aug 2008

Whale stranded on British beach is put to sleep

A whale which became beached on mud flats off the South Coast was put down yesterday after tests revealed it had suffered kidney failure during the or...

2nd Aug 2008

Fish shortage driving dolphins to seek food in nets

A lack of fish in the seas is forcing dolphins to feed from nets, causing damage which fishermen say is crippling their business. Cyprus Mail...

2nd Aug 2008

Dolphin find may make marine history

A diminutive dolphin called "Snubby" may make history in marine science if DNA samples taken this week from animals off the northwest Kimberley coast ...

1st Aug 2008

IWDG tag basking sharks off North Donegal

The IWDG tagged a further 6 basking sharks off Donegal last week as part of a new study of their movements.Following on from our earlier success in We...

31st Jul 2008

Delegation introduces bills to protect whaling rights of Alaska Natives

The Alaska congressional delegation introduced legislation on July 24 that would protect the whaling rights of Alaska's Native communities. Arctic Sou...

31st Jul 2008

Porpoise latest marine stranding

They are spectacular visitors to our shores, but more than 60 marine mammals have been stranded in Northern Ireland since 2000. BBC...

31st Jul 2008

Surfers swim with whale and calf spotted frolicking metres from Bondi Beach

Surfers making the most of the waves off Bondi Beach had an unlikely pair of companions. M...

31st Jul 2008

Navy sonar suspected in Hawaii whale death

KITV-TV in Honolulu said Wednesday that a 2,500-pound Cuvier's beaked whale was euthanized this week after repeatedly beaching itself on the island of...

30th Jul 2008

Humpback whale seen in German seas, experts stunned

Scientists have spotted a humpback whale off Germany's Baltic coast for the first time in 30 years, a sighting experts described as a "scientific sens...

30th Jul 2008

Stranded whale freed from Scottish river

A stranded whale was rescued when about 20 people launched an operation to coax it back out to sea. BBC...

29th Jul 2008

Whales’ Lower-Pitch Sound Has Experts Guessing

The song of the blue whale, one of the eeriest sounds in the ocean, has mysteriously grown deeper. NY Times...

29th Jul 2008

Report on 2nd IWDG Weekend Course 25-27 July

The sun shone on Cape Clear Island, West Cork for the 2nd of the three IWDG weekend Whale- Watching summer courses, which was attended by 21 participa...

28th Jul 2008

IWDG course, Ballycastle. Co. Antrim 6th September 2008

A one day training course on cetacean identification and recording will be held on 6th September 2008 and is now open for booking....

26th Jul 2008

Another Humpback whale..

Despite the poor weather conditions, 2008 is looking like it may well turn out to be a good year for humpback whale sightings in Irish waters. Already...

24th Jul 2008

Faroe whales show new pollutant spreads worldwide

People who eat whale meat in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic have high levels of an industrial toxin in their blood in a worrying sign ...

24th Jul 2008

Killer whales suspected in deaths of 3 humpbacks

At least three dead adult humpback whales are floating in the waters of Lower Cook Inlet and killer whales are suspected. Anchorage Daily News...

23rd Jul 2008

Sighting Summary 1-22 July 2008

Disappointing July weather results in fewer sightings, but diversity remains impressive. ...

22nd Jul 2008

Rise and rise of the killer whale?

Experts are monitoring sightings of killer whales swimming in Scottish waters to determine whether there has been an increase in the number of the mam...

21st Jul 2008

Blue whales return to local waters

While the blue whale's future was uncertain due to its dwindling numbers, the species recently has showed promise of survival, as more and more of the...

21st Jul 2008

Tougher laws introduced for white whale protection

As a third white humpback heads towards Queensland waters, the State Government has moved to give the rare mammals greater protection. Couriermail.com...

20th Jul 2008

Killer whale flips seals out of water with its tail - Shetland

Just when the seals thought it was safe to go back in the water . . . along came Bigga. Telegraph.co.uk...

17th Jul 2008

Log: 2008 NIOZ Cold Water Coral Fish Survey

Survey Ended: 2008 NIOZ Cold Water Coral Fish SurveyArea: Porcupine Seabight & Hatton BankAgency: Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)...

15th Jul 2008

Return of a Humpback, called Boomerang

13 July, "Boomerang" now off Waterford CoastHaving gone through probably the leanest period in our years whale watching off Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Wat...

13th Jul 2008

IWDG Summer Whale Watching Weekend Course

In far from favourable weather, the IWDG held the 1st weekend whale watching course of the year on Cape Clear Island....

1st Jul 2008

IWDG back surveying in offshore habitats

Dave Wall is on a five week cruise to the Porcupine Seabight & Hatton Bank onboard RV Pelagia as part of the IWDG/GMIT PReCAST project (see www.iw...

28th Jun 2008

Dolphins live-strand in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal

After a spate of bottlenose dolphin activity in Lough Swilly, locals are faced with a live-stranding of two common dolphins....

26th Jun 2008

Time for peace in the whaling world?

This year, the IWC turns 60 and there are signs of a new maturity. Some parties in both pro- and anti-whaling camps have had enough of the deadlock wh...

19th Jun 2008

Boat race fuels ecology argument

As the Round Britain Power Boat Race heads to Pembrokeshire it has fuelled a new round in the debate within the county. BBC...

19th Jun 2008

Humpback whale spotted off Isle of Mann

The huge mammal was spotted by a fisherman about 20ft (6m) away from his boat at the southern end of Port Soderick Bay on Monday. BBC...

18th Jun 2008

1st Celtic Sea humpback whale of 2008

A month after the 1st humpback record of 2008 from Malin Hd, IWDG receive the 1st south coast record from the Irish Naval Service (Updated 20/6/08)....

17th Jun 2008

Greenland whale hunt 'commercial'

Animal welfare campaigners say Greenland's whaling, held under rules permitting subsistence hunting, has become too commercial in character. BBC...

17th Jun 2008

IWDG Sightings Summary 4-15 June 2008

During the period IWDG received 54 marine megafauna sightings from 7 counties, all of which have been validated and are now available on www.iwdg.ie. ...

16th Jun 2008

Dolphin charities blame Navy for Cornish beachings

As the bodies of 26 common dolphins were recovered from the Cornish coastline last week, marine mammal experts and conservationists struggled to under...

15th Jun 2008

Dozens of Dolphins Die, Stranded on Madagascar Beach

Some 55 dolphins have died, after coming ashore on a beach in the northwest of Madagascar, conservationists said on Monday. Planet Ark...

10th Jun 2008

First Whale Meat Shipment Hits Japan Import Snag

The first whale meat sent to Japan in more than a decade by North Atlantic hunters Iceland and Norway is stuck in cold storage without an import licen...

9th Jun 2008

IWDG Successfully tag Basking sharks

The IWDG sucessfully tagged two basking sharks off Slea Head, Co Kerry. This pilot study will provide knowledge and experience of basking shark taggi...

6th Jun 2008

Weekly Sighting Summary 27 May-3 June

During the bank holiday weekend period IWDG received many marine megafauna sightings from the public, totalling 96, from 11 counties. These break dow...

5th Jun 2008

Bottlenose Bonanza for N. Ireland - a sign of change?

The past few days has seen an exceptional run of Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus records in counties Derry, Antrim and Down. The first sighting ...

3rd Jun 2008

Iceland, Norway Resume Whale Exports To Japan

Iceland and Norway have resumed whale meat exports to Japan for the first time since the early 1990s despite a UN ban, a whale exporter said on Monday...

3rd Jun 2008

IWDG at World Oceans Day, Portrush, Co. Antrim 7th - 8th June

Environment and Heritage Services Coastal Zone centre is hosting celebrations to mark World Oceans Day this weekend (7th - 8th June). IWDG will be amo...

2nd Jun 2008

Iceland Minke Whale Stock Declining

According to a recent report from Iceland's Marine Research Institute on numbers of Minke whales in Icelandic waters, the minke stock has declined by ...

31st May 2008

New Zealand Moves To Protect Rare Dolphins

New Zealand plans to ban commercial fishing near its coast and set up marine reserves to protect the rare Hector's dolphins, a government minister sai...

30th May 2008

Dead In The Water - NZ Govt’s Decision Spells Risks

Conservation group Care for the Wild International (CWI) says that the Government's disappointing decision on the Threat Management Plan (TMP) for Hec...

29th May 2008

Weekly Sightings Summary 19-26 May

We received 18 sightings last week 19-26 May, comprising 5 species from 6 counties, breaking down as follows: Kerry (7), Cork (4), Mayo (3), Donegal (...

27th May 2008

Race For Antarctic Krill A Test For Green Management

In the global rush for resources, a tiny pink crustacean living in the seas around Antarctica is testing man's ability to manage one of the world's la...

26th May 2008

Senegalese Fisherman Save Dozens Of Stranded Whales

Senegalese fishermen dragged dozens of stranded pilot whales back out to sea on Wednesday but at least 20 more died on the beach after mysteriously co...

22nd May 2008

Study: Humpback whale population rises

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new stu...

22nd May 2008

Humpback whale population rebounds

A new study shows the number of humpback whales in the Northern Pacific has grown dramatically to more than 18,000, a finding likely to spark new deba...

22nd May 2008

Beginning of end for Japanese whaling?

A Japanese public prosecutor announced on 19 May that it was launching an investigation into allegations that workers on whaling ships are embezzling ...

22nd May 2008

Sightings Summary 15-19th May

We received 24 sightings over the weekend period of 6 species from 6 counties, breaking down as follows: Kerry (8), Cork (7), Donegal (5) and one each...

21st May 2008

Killer whales caught hunting dolphins off South African coast

For years he had heard fishermen's tales of killer whales (or orcas) coming to Port Elizabeth to hunt for dolphins, and decided to carry out his own r...

21st May 2008

Blue whale nursery threatened by fish farms

One of the largest nursery grounds of the blue whale is threatened by the expansion of the global salmon farming industry, a prize-winning conservatio...

21st May 2008

Killer whale rides wave onto beach north of Eureka, munches on harbor seal

A dozen or more people reported witnessing one of the world's rarest wildlife phenomena when an orca rode a wave onto Indian Beach in Trinidad and sei...

21st May 2008

IWDG course, Whitehead. Co. Antrim 21st June 2008

A one day training course on cetacean identification and recording will be held on 21st June 2008 and is now open for booking....

20th May 2008

Iceland Resumes Whaling

Iceland's government said on Monday it would allow 40 minke whales to be hunted, ending a temporary halt to a practice which has angered conservationi...

20th May 2008

Valentia Island whalewatch produces four species

Despite the mist, a whalewatch around Valentia Island, Co. Kerry led to sightings of 3 species of cetacean and 1 shark.The landbased watch began at ar...

18th May 2008

Scientists dig up whale in Canada

The bones of a massive blue whale that died 20 years ago off Prince Edward Island are being laid bare in a unique project to preserve one of the large...

18th May 2008

Breaching Basking sharks in Kerry! ..New Images

IWDG received some amazing images from photographer Michael Herrmann of around 10 basking sharks seen in St. Finan's Bay, Co. Kerry on 15th May includ...

16th May 2008

World Species Dying Out Like Flies Says WWF

World biodiversity has declined by almost one third in the past 35 years due mainly to habitat loss and the wildlife trade, the World Wide Fund for Na...

16th May 2008

Whalewatch afternoon in Co. Kerry

A whalewatch will be held at Bray Head, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry tomorrow (Friday 16 May)....

15th May 2008

Anglers work to avoid dolphin run-ins

When Pete Wallace, owner of Fish Tales charter service (a small fleet of inshore charter boats), heard that one of his working captains had received a...

15th May 2008

Welfare Workshop a great success

The IWDG workshop on what to do with stranded marine mammals, turtles and oiled seabirds held at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway was a...

14th May 2008

Whale of a Mystery: Why Those Ribs?

While dissecting a pygmy right whale at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, scientists there discovered that the creature possessed ribs unlike those o...

14th May 2008

Pilot Whales are 'cheetahs of the deep'

Super-fast pilot whales have been observed sprinting after prey, likely to include giant squid. BBC...

14th May 2008

Weekend Sighting Summary 9-12th May

IWDG received 37 cetacean sightings (including basking sharks) of 7 species from 8 counties....

13th May 2008

New Report Highlights Loss in Earnings due to Fisheries Mismanagement

A new report commissioned by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government says it is "difficult" to say "anything positive" about how ...

13th May 2008

Mysterious Arctic whale under threat from changing habitat

Polar bears may get more attention but new research suggests the narwhal, the mysterious whale with a long spiral tusk, may be more at risk from clima...

13th May 2008

Whale protection rule affecting cargo ships is put on hold

A plan to force cargo ships to slow down while traveling in waters frequented by endangered North Atlantic right whales has been put on hold by the Bu...

12th May 2008

Some dolphins are party animals

Some people are betting at mixing than others, and research shows that dolphins are just the same. Research into bottlenose dolphin behaviour in Cardi...

12th May 2008

Bolivian River Dolphin declared new species

May 2008 The Bolivian river dolphin, known locally as the as bufeo, has been acknowledged by the scientific community as a new endemic species for Bol...

9th May 2008

Dead Pygmy Killer Whale washes ashore at Chevron

A 6-foot, 250-pound whale washed ashore near Chevron Refinery, a scientist said Thursday. Mississippi Press...

9th May 2008

Vacancy: ISCOPE Survey Co-ordinator, IWDG

Under ISCOPE II the IWDG initiated a programme of offshore surveys using platforms of opportunity (vessels used as a survey platform but not chartered...

8th May 2008

Australia May Abandon Japan Whale Court Bid

Australia may abandon plans to take Japan to the international court over whaling after New Zealand gave up plans to use legal action to stop the annu...

8th May 2008

By George, a dashing dolphin that chases cats

A dashing dolphin called George is charming boatloads of tourists in an Abel Tasman National Park bay. Stuff...

8th May 2008

UP villagers brutally kill rare Gangetic Dolphin

In a brutal incident, a rare Gangetic Dolphin was beaten to death by villagers in the outskirts of Lucknow. The dolphin had strayed into the shallow w...

8th May 2008

All eyes trained on the sea whale migration starts

All eyes will be looking out for the rare all-white humpback Migaloo, who is the only documented hypo-pigmented, or albino, whale of its kind in the w...

8th May 2008

Early whales got the bends

Ancient whales were not master divers like their modern descendents. Biologists have discovered signs of decompression syndrome – the bends – in sev...

8th May 2008

Job Vacancy with the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation (SDWF) based in Kilrush, Co Clare (see www.shannondolphins.ie) is looking for an experienced research assi...

7th May 2008

Bank Holiday Sightings Summary (Update)

After the long weekend and fair conditions, IWDG summarise sightings from around the Irish coast....

6th May 2008

Scientists To Examine World’s Weirdest Whale

Scientists from Australia, the United States and New Zealand have gathered at Te Papa for the dissection of a pygmy right whale Caperea marginata to s...

6th May 2008

Winter the dolphin gets bionic tail

As she glides through the water, Winter the dolphin appears to be completely normal. But she is the world's first bionic sea creature after being fitt...

5th May 2008

Diplomat lands task of stopping whale hunt

Kevin Rudd has selected Labor mate Sandy Hollway to be Australia's first whaling envoy, ending a desperate five-month search for someone willing to co...

2nd May 2008

Dolphin follows fish to Philadelphia

A hungry dolphin headed up the Delaware River and into the Schuylkill before a dam near the Philadelphia Art Museum forced it to turn around. ...

2nd May 2008

Norwegian whalers catch first minke whales in 2008 whaling season

Norwegian whalers have caught five minke off north- western Norway since the whaling season officially opened April 1, reports said Friday. ...

2nd May 2008

US Whale Protection Caught in Agency Rivalry, Files Show

A federal plan to protect endangered whales along the East Coast has been caught in interagency warfare and held in limbo by the White House, accordin...

1st May 2008

PReCAST - new IWDG research project

Policy and Recommendations from Cetacean Acoustics, Surveying and Tracking (PReCAST) is a partnership between the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)...

30th Apr 2008

Basking sharks now off West Cork..and Kerry (Update)

Report II: 30/04/08The latest reports from Kerry observers, Nick Massett and Jill Crosher tell us that basking sharks can now be seen off Slea Head. T...

29th Apr 2008

Whale-watching boats are putting whales in jeopardy, study says

A new study in Boston says whale-watching boats are going too fast near whales, endangering them and disregarding a decade-old pledge to slow down. ...

28th Apr 2008

Australian Government published paper on Future for the IWC

The paper "Whale Conservation and Management: A Future for the IWC" outlines a strategy to advance the improvement and modernisation of the Internatio...

28th Apr 2008

Why Do Whales Beach Themselves?

When whales beach themselves, they can die simply from the crushing weight of their own bodies or from overheating due to their blubber, which is need...

26th Apr 2008

Last River Porpoises Dying in Polluted Yangtze

The planet's last river-dwelling finless porpoises are dying in part due to exposure to insecticides and mercury in China, a new study says. Nation...

23rd Apr 2008

'Baffling' rise in beached whales

WHALE and dolphin watchers are puzzled and alarmed at an unprecedented spike in the number of deep-water species being stranded and found dead on Iris...

20th Apr 2008

Unprecedented whale strandings in Ireland & UK

As numbers have risen, there is now serious concern as to what has caused the unprecedented increase in beaked and pilot whale strandings on the Irish...

18th Apr 2008

UK Navy denies sonar stranded whales

The Royal Navy has denied sonar noise from warships caused whales to strand themselves on beaches. BBC...

18th Apr 2008

Turning tide of whaling opinion

Who has "won" the battle between the Japanese whalers and the environmentalists who set out to disrupt their hunt? BBC...

18th Apr 2008

Common dolphin live-strands in Ventry

On Tuesday 15 April, a common dolphin live-stranded in Ventry, Co. Kerry. Local IWDG contact Nick Massett tells the story....

17th Apr 2008

Throw The Big Ones Back, Fishing Study Suggests

Commercial and sport fishing destabilizes fish populations by targeting the biggest, oldest fish and leaving younger fish to proliferate too wildly, U...

17th Apr 2008

Pair guilty of harassing dolphin

Two men who swam in the sea with a dolphin after a night out have been found guilty of harassing the animal. BBC...

17th Apr 2008

Inshore Sightings Summary 9-15th April

IWDG report on who is seeing what around all-Irish waters during the good conditions of last week....

16th Apr 2008

Japan Kills 551 Antarctic Whales, Short Of Target

Japan's Antarctic whaling catch fell far short of its target this season, hampered by a series of skirmishes with anti-whaling protesters, the Fisheri...

15th Apr 2008

Japan regrets not meeting whale hunt target

Japan says it is "regrettable" that its whaling fleet had killed little more than half its intended catch during this year's hunt, due to harassment b...

15th Apr 2008

Australia renews call to end whaling

Australia said it remained determined to end Japanese whaling in the southern Ocean on Tuesday as the whaling fleet returned to port in Tokyo after ha...

15th Apr 2008

Killer whales blamed for decline of Scottish seals

Attacks by killer whales may be helping to drive the sudden and mysterious decline of seals around the northern coasts of Scotland, new research sugge...

14th Apr 2008

Britain ignored risk of whale extinction in rush for oil and gas

Britain agreed to bankroll controversial drilling for oil and gas, despite a warning from its own officials of the "potentially devastating effects" o...

13th Apr 2008

Whale dies after 'starving to death'

A SICK humpback whale trapped in a private harbour north of Perth has died. News.co.au...

13th Apr 2008

European Commission sets out position on ecosystem-based approach to fisheries

The European Commission has today published a Communication on the role of fisheries management in implementing an ecosystem approach to marine manage...

11th Apr 2008

Killer whales off Mizen Head, Co. Cork

IWDG have received a sequence of images of a killer whale pod traveling west off the Mizen on Sat 5th April at 14:30.The sighting was made by Michelle...

9th Apr 2008

Basking sharks return to inshore waters 8/04/08

Andrew Malcolm reports on a watch off Ram Head 8th April There are those days when driving to Ardmore to do an effort watch I get that buzz of anticip...

8th Apr 2008

Undersea detection system helps to guard against collision with ships

Scientists have developed a cutting-edge underwater listening system to protect Right Whales from their number one killer: ships. The Massachusetts Ba...

7th Apr 2008

Early 2008 strandings on Irish coastline similar to Scotland?

Following the report of the unusual stranding of five Cuvier's beaked whales Ziphius cavirostris on the coast of western Scotland in February, it is i...

7th Apr 2008

Navy sonar blamed for death of beaked whales in the Hebrides

Anti-submarine sonar may have killed a group of whales found dead in the Hebrides in one of Britain's most unusual strandings. 4 beaked whales were al...

6th Apr 2008

Summary results of April inshore watches

Most of our monthly Effort Watches for April from throughout all Irish waters have been carried out by our regular watch teams. These regular montly w...

5th Apr 2008

Lice samples taken from stranded dolphin

Samples of whale lice were taken by IWDG from an Atlantic white-sided dolphin found dead on April 2nd on Inch Beach, Co. Kerry....

2nd Apr 2008

Japan Courts Poorer Nations in Bid to End Whaling Ban

For years the fate of the world's whales has swung with the vote count at meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). National Geograph...

1st Apr 2008

Log: 2008 Blue Whiting Survey

Survey Ended: 2008 Blue Whiting SurveyArea: Rockall Trough Agency: Fisheries Science Services, Marine InstituteShip: R.V. Celtic ExplorerObserver: Da...

1st Apr 2008

It hurts Dolphins to swim faster than 54kph near the surface

A pair of researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has discovered that it hurts dolphins to swim faster than about 54 kilometres p...

30th Mar 2008

Airport Project Threatens Rare Hong Kong Dolphins

A population of rare Chinese white dolphins in Hong Kong's coastal waters may be threatened by several upcoming construction projects including a prop...

28th Mar 2008

1st Minke whale of Spring 2008 season..UPDATE

While the North coast was enjoying the antics of bottlenose dolphins, IWDG member Paddy Roche observed and photographed the 1st minke of the Spring 20...

27th Mar 2008

St. Patrick’s Day chaos on Antrim Coast Road

No, IWDG are not doing traffic reports now, but the pulling power of dolphins was once more demonstrated on St. Patrick's Day in Co. Antrim as cars ju...

18th Mar 2008

Tiny Mexican porpoise near extinct from fish nets

The vaquita, a tiny stubby-nosed porpoise found only in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, is on the brink of extinction as more die each year in fishing nets th...

18th Mar 2008

Scientists Discover Sounds Made By Baby Whales

Researchers at the nonprofit Cetos Research Organization have shown for the first ever that humpback whale calves make sounds. RedO...

18th Mar 2008

Unknown Population of Blue Whales Discovered in Waters of Southern Chile

World's Biggest Mammals Threatened First by Commercial Whaling, Now By Industry. ABC News...

17th Mar 2008

French driftnetters will not fish in 2008

The European Court of Justice refuses to grant this fleet a temporary exemption to permit the use of driftnets. Oceana has reported the French fleet o...

17th Mar 2008

IWDG Attend ECS Conference 2008 Holland..UPDATE

IWDG personnel are once again attending this years Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society being held on March 10-12, The Netherlands....

15th Mar 2008

Dolphin Saves Two Whales Stuck On New Zealand Beach

The case of two stranded whales saved by a dolphin off the coast of New Zealand could be the first such case in the world, a conservation worker said ...

14th Mar 2008

Iceland whaling go-ahead 'likely'

Iceland is likely to approve the commercial hunting of whales for this summer, the BBC has learned. BBC...

13th Mar 2008

Military beacons to aid sea life

A device used to safely guide warships through mine fields could be used to reduce the number of dolphins and small whales caught in fishing nets. BBC...

13th Mar 2008

Whaling Protesters Stop Shadowing Japanese Fleet

Anti-whaling protesters stopped shadowing Japan's whaling fleet on Tuesday after a series of heated clashes in the Southern Ocean, saying they had sav...

12th Mar 2008

Ice Thaws But Little Else Moves At Whaling Meeting

An international whaling meeting sought on Saturday to calm tempers that have threatened to rip the organisation apart, but made no substantive progre...

10th Mar 2008

IWDG attend Irish Skipper Expo 7-8th March..UPDATE

POST EXPO REPORT 9/03/08This year's Irish Skipper inshore fisheries EXPO in the Galway Bay Hotel was a great success. Over the 2 day period IWDG met m...

8th Mar 2008

Thar She Blows: Ships to Get Whale Warnings

Ship captains setting sail will soon have an extra kind of forecast to check – the likelihood of whales. Planet Ark...

7th Mar 2008

Renewed Fears For Rare Mekong Dolphin In Cambodia

A sharp drop in the number Mekong dolphins born in Cambodia has renewed fears for the survival of the rare mammals, wildlife experts said on Wednesday...

6th Mar 2008

Rare White Killer Whale Spotted in Alaskan Waters From NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

Scientists aboard the NOAA research vessel Oscar Dyson in the North Pacific have sighted a creature of great rarity and even myth: a white whale. Plan...

6th Mar 2008

Japanese Whalers Hurt In Sea Battle With Activists

Anti-whaling protesters threw bottles containing a pungent chemical at a Japanese whaling ship in a skirmish near Antarctica on Monday, injuring three...

4th Mar 2008

Northern Right Whales Head South to Give Birth, Leave Genetic “Fingerprints” with NOAA Researchers

Like many northerners who head south to warmer climates for the winter, many Northern right whales also head south in November and stay into April. Th...

3rd Mar 2008

World Fisheries Face Collapse Within Decades - UN

deadly combination of climate change, over-fishing and pollution could cause the collapse of commercial fish stocks worldwide within decades, said Ac...

25th Feb 2008

Now first Leatherback Turtle of 2008!....UPDATE

Report IIThe Leatherback turtle was brought down to UCD 25/02/08 where a post mortem examination was carried out. Dr Tom Doyle, UCC reports that it wa...

24th Feb 2008

Fin whale online catalogue now updated

The IWDG fin whale catalogue now contains 41 recognisable individuals and is available in the sightings page by clicking "photo-ID" option, and select...

22nd Feb 2008

Sperm whales caught 'cat napping'

Sperm whales literally drift off to sleep for short periods, according to researchers at St Andrews University. BBC...

20th Feb 2008

First Basking Shark sighting of 2008

This weekend's monthly ferry survey on Rosslare-Pembroke route on Irish Ferries vessel the Isle of Inishmore produced the years first Basking Shark r...

18th Feb 2008

Welfare Workshop: What to do with stranded marine mammals, turtles and oiled seabirds

Date: Saturday 10 May 2008, 10:00 - 16:00Venue: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, GalwayA workshop is being organized to bring togethe...

14th Feb 2008

Common Dolphin live strands in Co. Wexford.

A female common dolphin live stranded at Rosdoonstown Beach, near Carnsore, Co. Wexford last Saturday (9 Feb). It was discovered by local man Tom Pea...

13th Feb 2008

Norway Keeps Whale Quota Despite Low Demand for Whale Meat

Norway has set a commercial whaling quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2008, unchanged from last year, drawing criticism from environmental groups pressur...

11th Feb 2008

EU Says Photos Show Reality of Whaling

The EU repeated a call on Friday for members to adopt a unified stance on whaling, saying images released by Australia of whales being killed in Antar...

11th Feb 2008

Australian PM Dismisses Japan Whaling Protests

Australia will continue to photograph Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday, despite Japan's warning o...

11th Feb 2008

Navy Not Exempt From California Sonar Curbs - Judge

President George W. Bush should not have exempted the Navy from obeying laws intended to protect endangered whales and other marine mammals by curbing...

6th Feb 2008

Fin whales in County Waterford...but only just!

During an effort watch from Ram Head, Ardmore today Andrew Malcolm sees at least one fin whale in West Waterford/East Cork....

6th Feb 2008

Dolphin disturbance trial begins

The trial has begun of two men accused of disturbing a dolphin off the east Kent coast. BBC...

5th Feb 2008

Cork Evening Workshop

Interested in learning more about whales and dolphins in Co. Cork's inshore waters next Friday evening 15th Feb?...

4th Feb 2008

Anti-Whalers to Chase Japan Fleet for Second Time

Hardline anti-whaling activists said on Thursday they would return to harass Japan's whaling fleet for another three weeks after departing Antarctic w...

31st Jan 2008

Japanese hunters resume whaling

Japan's Antarctic fleet has resumed whaling after anti-hunt activists suspended their pursuit of the vessels in the Southern Ocean to refuel. BBC...

31st Jan 2008

New Challenges ahead in 2009

This year has been an exceptional one for the IWDG. The involvement of the IWDG in research and conservation of cetaceans in Ireland has increased mas...

31st Jan 2008

Anti-Whaling Protest Ship Running Out of Fuel

Environmental group Greenpeace said on Saturday its anti-whaling ship, which has been harassing Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, had saved an e...

29th Jan 2008

Bangladesh's majestic dolphins at risk

Seeing the river dolphins of Bangladesh is not something that is easily forgotten. They rise arc-like and majestic out of the water only inches from b...

28th Jan 2008

Minke whale dies in Fife harbour

Attempts to save a 40ft minke whale which became trapped in a harbour entrance in Fife have failed. BBC...

25th Jan 2008

New Zealand warns Japan's whalers

Japanese whaling ships have been warned not to enter New Zealand's Antarctic waters by Prime Minister Helen Clark. BBC...

25th Jan 2008

Beached dolphin guided out to sea

A dolphin that was washed ashore in Dorset tangled in fishing rope has been rescued by a sailor who swam with the creature to guide it back out to sea...

21st Jan 2008

Concern over decline in dolphins

More pressure is being put on the European Commission (EC) to take action to reduce the number of dolphin deaths off Devon and Cornwall's coastline. B...

18th Jan 2008

Anti-Whaling Activists Released by Japan

Two anti-whaling activists held on a Japanese whaling ship have been handed over to an Australian fisheries patrol ship in the Southern Ocean, their g...

17th Jan 2008

Third recent fin whale stranding confirmed

A dead whale which stranded at Bere Island, Co. Cork in Sunday 13th January 2008 has been positively identified as a fin whale Balaenoptera physalus. ...

16th Jan 2008

Japan whaling illegal, court says

An Australian court has ruled that the activities of the Japanese whaling fleet are illegal and ordered it to halt its operations. BBC...

15th Jan 2008

Japanese detain whaling activists

Two protesters have been taken into custody after they boarded a Japanese whaling vessel in the Antarctic. BBC...

15th Jan 2008

Genetic Tissue Bank Sampling Protocol

The following guide is designed to instruct you on how to safely remove a skin sample from a dead stranded cetacean, package it, label it and return i...

15th Jan 2008

Activists Chase Japan Whalers, But Split on Tactics

Anti-whaling activists on Monday said they had chased the flagship of Japan's whaling fleet from hunting grounds near Antarctica, but were divided ove...

14th Jan 2008

Greenpeace 'heads off whale ship'

Greenpeace conservation activists say they have disrupted the Japanese whale hunt near Antarctica's coast by chasing a factory ship out of the whaling...

14th Jan 2008

Greenpeace Ship Chases Japanese Whaling Fleet

Environmental group Greenpeace said on Saturday one of its ships has located the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean and is pursuing it. Plan...

13th Jan 2008

South coast Fin whale update..UPDATE

Regular monthly ISCOPE II watches show fin whales now returned to West Cork, and plenty of activity at other inshore sites....

11th Jan 2008

Australia Whale Monitors Set Off to Shadow Japanese

An Australian fisheries ship has begun pursuing Japan's whaling fleet near Antarctica to gather evidence for an international court challenge to halt ...

10th Jan 2008

Kerry fin whale confirmed as live stranding

The 9-10m fin whale which stranded near Ballinskelligs on 28 December has now been confirmed as a live stranding....

3rd Jan 2008