2010

Successful IWDG Post-mortem Workshop in Athlone

The IWDG have just successfully ran a workshop on the post-mortem examination of stranded cetaceans, in collaboration with Veterinary Ireland. The IWD...

17th Dec 2010

Fin Whale Research Trip-updated with video

Twelve eager IWDG members left the quay in Dunmore East at dawn on a cold but calm December morning last Saturday 11 December. The aim of the trip was...

15th Dec 2010

Fin whales concentrating along Waterford coast

The flow of sighting reports to IWDG in the past month suggest that if it's large whales you're after then Waterford is probably the best place to be....

9th Dec 2010

Fantastic images of fin whales from Maritime Squadron

Airman Dermot Molloy of the Aircorps Photographic Section, Irish Air Corps, took stunning images of fin whales, the second largest animals on our plan...

6th Dec 2010

Neonate Bottlenose dolphin stranded in Co Clare

A newborn bottlenose dolphin calf was washed up in Doolin, Co Clare. The calf was likely live-stranded soon after birth.On Wednesday lunchtime (2 Dece...

4th Dec 2010

East coast bottlenose still showing.... Update.

Report Update: 03/12/10....Bottlenose dolphins in the snowHaving viewed IWDG member John Coveney's wonderful photos taken from a recent sighting this...

3rd Dec 2010

Minke whale live stranding in south Kerry.....UPDATED

Update 30/11/10The whale was euthanased on Friday night (26 Nov) and due to concerns about the drugs used affecting other wildlife, the carcass was re...

30th Nov 2010

Fin whales take up residency at Hook Head

As the fin whales seem to have temporarily left their more traditional November habitat in West Cork reports have steadily been coming in of large wha...

25th Nov 2010

Mass stranding of Donegal Pilot Whales....UPDATED

23rd November UPDATE With twenty seven pilot whale carcasses remaining on Rutland Island, there had been some concerns raised locally about how the bo...

23rd Nov 2010

First IWDG West Cork Winter Weekend of 2010

Braving frequent westerly squalls and moderate sea conditions, 18 hardy IWDG members gathered in Rosscarbery, West Cork for our 1st winter whale watc...

16th Nov 2010

West Cork Striped dolphin euthanased

The day began with a call from Clonakilty Garda station to say that they had received a report of a stranded dolphin at Long strand, Nr. Ownahincha. ...

5th Nov 2010

IWDG on Facebook - Sign Up

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group began their foray into social networking approximately a year ago with the establishment of a facebook page. As we m...

4th Nov 2010

Marine Wildlife Tour Operators Course

Marine Wildlife Tour Operators CourseLetterfrack, Co Galway, 27-28 November 2010The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have identified a need to dev...

2nd Nov 2010

Bottlenose Dolphin showing well around Northern Ireland

With superb footage obtained around the Whitehead (Co. Antrim) area of some 13 BNDs on the 25th, October finished with further sightings of 30 BNDs at...

1st Nov 2010

Incredible Minke aggregations off Irish Southwest

The 1st report comes from regular IWDG observer Nick Massett, whose watch effort off Slea Head, Co. Kerry need no introduction to readers of this site...

20th Oct 2010

Humpback Whales Sighted Offshore...See Updates

During a survey currently underway by the IWDG and GMIT on board the RV Celtic Explorer, two humpback whales were sighted some 40miles south of Ram He...

19th Oct 2010

Stranded Killer Whale was a Pregnant Female

A Killer Whale was reported stranded at Doohoma in Tullaghan Bay, Co. Mayo by James Kilroy (NPWS), Patrick Cusack on 04 October 2010. This was only th...

11th Oct 2010

IWDG in Dublin Saturday 16th October

Next Sat. 16th October should be an interesting day for east coast IWDG, IWT (Irish Wildlife Trust) members or general public who would like to join I...

9th Oct 2010

IWDG receive Whale Pontoon for Co Galway UPDATED

Fundraising for Whale Pontoon for Co. GalwayUPDATE 8 OctoberMonty Halls handed over only the third set of whale pontoons in Ireland at the recent publ...

8th Oct 2010

West Coast Beaked Whale Survey: Update

30th SeptemberAfter heading back to sea on the 25th, the 'Song of the Whale' continued where she had left off on the 22nd. The first target was a larg...

30th Sep 2010

IWDG Southwest survey produces a 'killer thriller'.

See link below to Irish Times article 30/09/10 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0930/1224279988088.html Report 1, 28/09/10 A team o...

30th Sep 2010

Waterford weekend round up-midweek update...

A watch from Ram Head this morning yielded no more big whales but there was a bonus as a mixed group of bottlenose and Risso's dolphins swam close in...

29th Sep 2010

Europe Seeks To Protect Mid-Atlantic High Seas

European nations agreed on Friday to set up fishing-free zones in remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean in the world's first high seas network of protect...

28th Sep 2010

IWDG's 2010 Cape Courses end on a sweet note.

Well Cape has for the 1st time in a few years now really come good for IWDG in 2010, with at least two of our three weekends producing excellent sight...

13th Sep 2010

Whale Watch Ireland 2010....Results

Report update 23/08/10 On Sunday 22nd August the IWDG delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2010. This All– Ireland Whale Watch day comprised guided land-bas...

23rd Aug 2010

IWDG TEDx talk now live

IWDG Sightings Co-ordinator Pádraig Whooley presented at the recent TEDX event in the West Cork Hotel, Skibereen, Co. Cork on Sat 17th April which ca...

22nd Aug 2010

Pakea Bizkaia expedition visit IWDG

The 20m yacht visited Galway yesterday to meet with IWDG to develop links between Ireland and Spain.The 3 month expedition started from Bilbao, Northe...

13th Aug 2010

Spate of live strandings on west coast

IWDG have received reports of five live stranding incidents along the west coast between 23 July and 9 August. There was a further report of a strande...

10th Aug 2010

Risso's dolphin live strands in Mayo

A Risso's dolphin was found live stranded yesterday (5 August) at Elly Bay on the Mullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo. Machiel Oudejans recounts what happened ...

6th Aug 2010

IWDG at Portrush Marine Days, 7th - 8th August 2010

Portrush Coastal Zone is ideally sited to promote appreciation of our marine environment. Right beside the sea the marine days are an opportunity for ...

2nd Aug 2010

Large numbers of fin whales off Ardmore...and elsewhere!

Having had an effort watch that yielded absolutely no sightings from Helvick Head early yesterday afternoon we decided that as the conditions were so ...

2nd Aug 2010

Cetacean identification course 14th August, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

One day cetacean identification, recording and survey skills courses will be held in Whitehead, Co Antrim on Saturday 14th August.The day will consist...

31st Jul 2010

Follow the track of a migrating humpback ....update.

Report III, 27/07/10Phillip Clapham, NOAA reports....." Apparently our female humpback has found a restaurant - at least that would be my interpretat...

28th Jul 2010

Resident Cork Harbour Dolphins

Since at least February 2006, six bottlenose dolphins have been resident in the mouth of Cork Harbour. They have been observed mostly between Crosshav...

28th Jul 2010

Howth Humpback whale off Isle of Man?

Report IV, 26/07/10A report today from Eleanor Stone, Marine Officer with the Manx Wildlife Trust gives us a likely clue as to the wherabouts of the ...

27th Jul 2010

Log: FSS Mackerel Egg Survey 2010

Survey Ended: FSS Mackerel Egg SurveyArea: Irish, UK & French Shelf.Agency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer___________________________________...

27th Jul 2010

Live-Stranding of a Common Dolphin in Ventry, Co. Kerry

Friday 23 July11.00:A stranded dolphin on Ventry strand was reported to Nick Massett IWDG by Aíne Long, a local woman. Nick attended the scene and fo...

26th Jul 2010

Fin whales with Risso's dolphins off West Cork

How do you trump a week like the one we've just had with a humpback whale being tracked between Rathlin Island and Howth Head? Well heading out with ...

25th Jul 2010

Rare humpback sighting confirmed for Rathlin Island.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins now added to the Rathlin mixIWDG have just validated sighting no. 15601 which we've upgraded to Atlantic White-sided do...

22nd Jul 2010

Fin Whales off Galley Head

During a survey on the Celtic Explorer today a number of groups of fin whales were seen feeding below flocks of gannets to the south of Galley Head, m...

19th Jul 2010

Cetacean ID course 14th August, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

One day cetacean identification, recording and survey skills courses will be held in Whitehead, Co Antrim on Saturday 14th August.The day will consist...

19th Jul 2010

Fin whales now arrive in numbers off Waterford coast update

Report III, 16/07/10They say a week is a long time in politics, well that old adage could equally be applied to whalewatching! Last Friday I observed...

16th Jul 2010

'Sea monster' whale fossil unearthed

Paleontologists have discovered remnants of the fossilized skull of an ancient whale in a Peruvian desert -- and named it after Herman Melville, the a...

6th Jul 2010

Sightings of the elusive Risso's dolphin on the rise.

A quick search through the advanced search facility on www.iwdg.ie shows a 53% increase in sightings of this large, pale dolphin species, when compare...

29th Jun 2010

Hopes fade for 92 beached whales in Cape Verde

Cape Verde islanders have abandoned hope for the survival of 92 pilot whales that were found washed up in a mass beaching. This is the latest in a his...

22nd Jun 2010

IWDG 1st Cape Clear course report

IWDG are delighted to be able to report on a long awaited Cape Clear course which we could finally deliver in fine summer weather. Our Cape Clear we...

21st Jun 2010

Log: UCD Geological Survey

Survey Ended: UCD Geological SurveyArea: Rockall Trough.Agency: UCDShip: Celtic Explorer______________________________________15th June 2010The calm...

15th Jun 2010

Ferry Survey Reports Updated!

The ferry survey reports on the Ship Surveys section of our website have now been updated. To see what our survey teams on three routes (Irish Ferrie...

13th Jun 2010

More Co. Antrim Bottlenose Dolphins

Receiving a message of 'whales' being seen in the Larne area around 13.40 today and reported as traveling south I headed out mid-afternoon to see if I...

11th Jun 2010

First Fin whale of the 'new season' spotted offshore

With a lack of fin whale sightings inshore since March, the first fin whale of the 'new' season was sighted today in the Rockall Trough, west of Doneg...

10th Jun 2010

Atlantic Gray Whale on the Move?....UPDATE!

Report IV: 05/06/10 One theory is that the whale may now migrate north into NW European or even Irish waters. Dr. Colin Macleod writes:......"Last mo...

5th Jun 2010

Dolphins on the East coast..UPDATE

Report II: 4/06/10Several IWDG members wen't on a bit of a merry goose chase yesterday afternoon in a search for the Wicklow dolphins, but their effo...

4th Jun 2010

Irish Basking Shark Study Group and the IWDG

The Irish Basking Shark Study Group was established in December 2009. It was established to promote the conservation and scientific study of basking...

27th May 2010

Log: OSS Oceanographic Survey

Survey Ended: OSS Oceanographic SurveyArea: Irish Shelf.Agency: Marine InstituteShip: Celtic Explorer______________________________________22 May 20...

22nd May 2010

IWDG obtain humpback match from Cape Verde to Iceland

A photograph of a whale taken by IWDG in Cape Verde in 2006 has just been matched to Iceland. This whale, photographed by Simon Berrow on 3 March 2006...

14th May 2010

IWDG validate 15,000th sighting in Irish waters.

The IWDG have just processed our 15,000th validated sighting in Irish waters. Each of these records can be interrogated and mapped on www.iwdg.ie, de...

4th May 2010

Galway Marine Month of Madness Seminar Series

The Marine Month of Madness is a celebration of Galway's maritime culture. There is a large programme of events and activities including a seminar ser...

1st May 2010

Cetacean ID courses 16th and 22nd May, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

One day cetacean identification, recording and survey skills courses will be held in Killrush, Co Clare on 16th May and in Whitehead, Co Antrim on Sat...

27th Apr 2010

Striped dolphin live stranded in Shannon Estuary

A young striped dolphin live stranded in Poulnasherry on the north side of Shannon Estuary on Saturday morning 24 April 2010. The dolphin stranded nea...

24th Apr 2010

IWDG Review of Code of Practice for the Protection of Marine Mammals during Acoustic Seafloor Surveys in Irish Waters

The IWDG welcomed the introduction of the Code of Practice for the Protection of Marine Mammals during Acoustic Seafloor Surveys in Irish Waters and a...

14th Apr 2010

IWDG establish identity of Killer whales....update

Report 3: Update 6/04/10.The run of sightings of our largest dolphin species, the killer whale, shows little sign of coming to an end. In the past mo...

6th Apr 2010

Cetacean Strandings Down?

As March draws to a close, records of cetacean strandings around the Irish coast are down by around 60% compared to recent years. Up to 30 March 2010,...

30th Mar 2010

2010 Basking shark season begins.

A number of basking shark Cetorhinus maximus sightings received by the IWDG heralding the start of what we hope will be another good year for this "ho...

28th Mar 2010

WILD JOURNEYS: New RTE 1 Series starts Sunday 21st

Your feedback on Wild Journeys series to RTE is needed.If you enjoyed yesterday's Wild Journey's programme, we'd invite you to email RTE at info@rte...

22nd Mar 2010

Minke whales return to inshore waters.

After a total absense of sighting records from all Irish inshore waters over the long winter months, minke whales return at several sites. Our smalles...

16th Mar 2010

Risso's dolphins in the Blasket Islands

A sighting of a group of Risso's dolphin in the Blasket Islands, Co Kerry is unusual for the time of year.With perfect conditions and after spotting m...

15th Mar 2010

Striped dolphin successfully refloated at Lahinch, Co Clare

A striped dolphin was successfully refloated by the IWDG at Lahinch, Co. Clare this morning but it might restrand over the next few days.A call to Sim...

9th Mar 2010

Fin whales still in Waterford waters

Although there had been no sightings of whales during an effort watch on Saturday 27th February, with conditions looking extremely favourable it seem...

1st Mar 2010

Log: Cetaceans on the Frontier 2010

Survey Ended: Cetaceans on the Frontier 2010Area: Porcupine Bank, Porcupine Seabight & Whittard Canyon.Agency: GMIT/IWDGShip: Celtic Explorer_______...

1st Mar 2010

IWDG at CFT Dive Ireland- UPDATED 3 March 2010

Update 3 March 2010Last weekend IWDG was part of a very successful Dive Show in The Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan. The IWDG's stand was just one of many...

23rd Feb 2010

Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey 2010

The GMIT/IWDG Cetaceans on the Frontier Survey 2010 departed Galway Docks on the 18th February destined for the slopes and canyons of the Porcupine Ba...

19th Feb 2010

No sign of whale activity ending any time soon.

Report 8 Update 17/02/10.The humpback whale known to IWDG as #HBIRL11 or locally as "Hook" was seen as recently as yesterday 16/02/10 by Liam Colfer ...

18th Feb 2010

Who dunnit?

My usual morning walk on Saturday 13th January along the seafront at Whitehead was made all the more interesting by the sighting of 2 Bottlenose Dolph...

11th Feb 2010

Notice to boat owners off Co Wexford

The IWDG would like to ask all boat owners planning to try and see the humpback whale off Co Wexford this weekend to be aware of Marine Notice 15/2005...

28th Jan 2010

IWDG focus research efforts off the Wexford coast

Over the coming days 22-24th January, along with researchers from BIM & GMIT and a film crew from Crossing the Line Films, IWDG will conduct three sur...

21st Jan 2010

Humpbacks and fins off Wexford/Waterford..UPDATE

Report II, 19/01/10.News just in from our contact, Deirdre Slevin that the large whales are still in the waters off Hook Head today 19th Jan., as des...

19th Jan 2010

New Edition of Face to Face with a Beached Whale

The IWDG, with funding from the Environment Fund for Biodiversity Awareness 2009, have reprinted their very popular book Face to Face with a Beached W...

14th Jan 2010

A new year of Irish cetacean recording begins... Update

Report V, 09/01/10.A whale watch trip out around Hook Head, Co. Wexford on Sat 9th Jan answered the question as to which whale species people were se...

11th Jan 2010