2011

Bottlenose dolphins return to Killiney Bay area

After an absence of around six weeks from the Killiney Bay-Greystones area, the semi resident group of bottlenose dolphins make a welcome return in th...

16th Dec 2011

Raghly Community Join Forces to Preserve Whale Skeleton

No two whale strandings are the same it seems. It is fascinating to see how local authorities and communities react to these events which are often un...

13th Dec 2011

Another large whale stranding in Co. Sligo...UPDATE

Report III, 08/12/11, 10:00am. Just 10 days after the 1st fin whale stranding ever reported in Co. Sligo on Ardtermon, Raghly on 28/11/11, the IWDG c...

8th Dec 2011

The mystery of the dolphin in the lake...now solved!

Report II, 1/12/11, 13:00. IWDG have received a report from local whale watch expert, Colin Barnes, that he has just seen a dead dolphin washed up on...

1st Dec 2011

Happy 21st Birthday to the IWDG

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is 21 years old today. It is a testament to the people and supporters of the IWDG that we have achieved this landma...

1st Dec 2011

Fin whales now dispersed along Waterford coast....UPDATE

Report II, 28th Nov 2011Despite unsuitable weather for much of the weekend, at least 3 fin whales were still reported from Bunmahon, Co. Waterford on ...

28th Nov 2011

R.V. Celtic Mist Undergoes Maintenance

The R.V. Celtic Mist is now in dry dock...Volunteers are required to assist with the renovations of IWDG's new marine research vessel; duties will inc...

24th Nov 2011

Celtic Mist Certificates now available

R.V. Celtic Mist personalised certificates now available for purchase, each certificate acknowledges your support of the marine research work of the I...

24th Nov 2011

IWDG goes in search of the “Mother-load” with BBC

Well it certainly seems that Irish marine megafauna and the work of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group (IWDG) have been flavour of the month across the p...

10th Nov 2011

Monty Halls Great Irish Escape on RTE2

Monty Halls new series Great Irish Escape, filmed in Ireland in 2010 is being broadcast by RTE 2 on Sunday evenings from 5:30. First episode was this ...

2nd Nov 2011

Celtic Mist Gift Certificates Now Available

IWDG are pleased to announce the new Celtic Mist Certificate - a fantastic gift for friends and family entitling them to a trip on RV Celtic Mist when...

29th Oct 2011

Humpbacks still gorging themselves off Co. Kerry

It's always fascinating charting the movements of the large baleen whales each autumn/winter off our coastline. The arrival of large whale season alon...

23rd Oct 2011

Fin whales aplenty in Waterford

The opportunities for whale watching here have been few and far between over the last couple of months so when I woke up yesterday morning to sunshine...

20th Oct 2011

Minkes still off east coast, and in decent numbers..UPDATE

Report II, 19/10/11No sooner has IWDG validated the Co. Louth minke whale activity below, than we've received another Co. Louth sighting which provide...

19th Oct 2011

IWDG 21st Anniversary Celebration & AGM Sat. 19th Nov.

IWDG 21st Celebration Banquet on Saturday 19th Nov 2011The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is 21 years old in December 2011 and to celebrate this...

4th Oct 2011

Bottlenose dolphins still showing well off East coast

Coming from the East coast, I'm well used to the challenges inherent in whale watching from the few decent vantage points around Dublin Bay and Wicklo...

29th Sep 2011

IWDG taking bookings for Autumn/Winter weekend series

With our summer series of courses on Cape Clear Island now successfully completed, IWDG are pleased to offer a limited number of places to non-members...

21st Sep 2011

Farraigí na hÉireann

Farraigí na hÉireannA new eight part series on marine wildlife starts on Tuesday 20 September at 8pm on TG4. It features a wealth of marine life fro...

14th Sep 2011

Service Providers Required by the IWDG

The IWDG is Ireland's leading marine NGO and is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in...

5th Sep 2011

Promoting Porpoise at Portmuck

Just in from a doing an effort watch at my local patch, Portmuck, Co. Antrim. This is consistently a great spot for cetacean activity with the majorit...

3rd Sep 2011

New poster at Ram Head Ardmore

It was a tough weekend for us here in County Waterford when the sperm whale live stranded. It became apparent as events unfolded that a protocol for d...

2nd Sep 2011

Last IWDG Whale Watching Course on Cape Clear 2011

The IWDG are running another series of our ever popular weekend whale watching courses on Cape Clear in 2011, IWDG Weekend Whale Watching Courses, Cap...

29th Aug 2011

Fundraising for Celtic Mist

Celtic Mist is a fantastic resource for the IWDG. We have taken ownership of the vessel, completed a leg of the Tall Ships 2011 Race - the only Irish ...

26th Aug 2011

Whale Watch Ireland 2011 Results

On Sunday 21st August the IWDG delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2011. This All– Ireland Whale Watch day comprised guided land-based whale watches at 13 ...

25th Aug 2011

Dungarvan sperm whale now dead and buried..Update

Report VI, 23rd Aug 2011, 15:00It looks like Waterford Co. Co. will remove the sperm whale today for incineration. IWDG have collectively argued that ...

23rd Aug 2011

Fin Whales Join the Mix in Kerry

IWDG members chartered Mick Sheeran's "Blasket Princess" for the day on Tuesday 9 Aug in an attemt to track down the now elusive humpback whales in Di...

11th Aug 2011

Humpback Whales off Slea Head.....UPDATE

Report IV, 02/08/11Despite a change to less settled Atlantic weather, there is still evidence from land watches, of humpback whale activity in the wat...

4th Aug 2011

Another Humpback whale off Dublin....Fluke or what?

You've no doubt been reading about the wonderful large whale activity off the Southwest, with fin whales in numbers off West Cork and humpbacks off We...

19th Jul 2011

Celtic Mist arrives in new home port of Kilrush, Co Clare

Celtic Mist arrives in KilrushCeltic Mist the new flagship of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group successfully arrived into Kilrush Creek Marina at the ...

18th Jul 2011

IWDG research efforts yield bumper results.

Sometimes whale watching can be a little like trying to buy a property... It's all about location and timing. Take our 2nd summer weekend course on C...

16th Jul 2011

Killer whales bring down curtain on June sightings

IWDG received and validated 175 sighting records in June 2011, 88% of which were confirmed to 10 species, which include basking sharks. This compares...

7th Jul 2011

IWDG Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-id Catalogue

Photo-identification is a powerful tool in the conservation and management of whales and dolphins. Since 2005, the IWDG have been collecting images of...

24th Jun 2011

Offshore Reports: Northwest Herring

GMIT student Enda McKeogh has volunteered to participate in the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's Ship Surveys Programme. Enda left Killybegs, Co. Doneg...

22nd Jun 2011

N. Ireland produces sightings of killer and humpback whales

The whale watching spotlight is clearly on Northern Irish waters which in recent days has produced multiple killer whale sightings off both Rathlin I...

15th Jun 2011

Weekly sightings summary 6-12th June 2011

A fairly normal week on Irish waters, still yielded 30+ validated sighting records reported to IWDG comprising seven cetacean species and basking shar...

13th Jun 2011

Cape Verde Expedition Report

A summary report from the third IWDG research expedition to Cape Verde is available to download.Cape Verde 2011 Expedition Report:Download Report (PDF...

10th Jun 2011

Return of large whales off South and small ones off East coast.

A break in the awful weather that persisted throughout much of May 2011 gives us an opportunity to review some nice sightings in the past week.Notewor...

7th Jun 2011

IWDG to accept offer of Haughey yacht, Celtic Mist

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) are to accept the kind offer of the yacht Celtic Mist from the Haughey family. The 17 metre steel-hulled yach...

4th Jun 2011

1st IWDG Cape Clear Weekend Course Report

IWDG have delivered our 1st Whale Watching weekend course of the season, and despite the weather, Cape once again managed to work its special brand of...

25th May 2011

IWDG 2011 events open for bookings....UPDATE

Please note only 13 places left as of 24/05/11 for the July 8-10th Whale watching Weekend Course http://www.iwdg.ie/article.asp?id=2290IWDG are deligh...

23rd May 2011

Stranding Alert: Large pod of pilot whales in South Uist: UPDATE

Monday 23 May 2011Colleagues in the UK have informed the IWDG that no whales were seen today although the weather is awful in the outer hebridies. Two...

23rd May 2011

Cape Verde Expedition 2011...FINAL UPDATE

20 May 2011From day one of the expedition, I was concerned that the whales might head back north weeks before we would on 18 May. And so a pace was se...

20th May 2011

IWDG Tender: Review of Commercial Fishing in Cetacean SACs

IWDG TenderReview of Commercial Fishing in Cetacean SACsThe Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation...

11th May 2011

Irish Easter Sightings Summary 22 Apr -1st May...UPDATE

Report II, 04/05/11We've just officially got confirmation, via Nick Massett that a days basking shark research off the Blasket Islands Co. Kerry on 29...

5th May 2011

Irish Weekend Sightings Summary April 16-17....UPDATE

Report II, 20/04/11Nick Masset's interesting picture of a breaching basking shark from Slea Head, Co. Kerry yesterday (Pic below) serves as an timely ...

20th Apr 2011

Large increase in strandings of common dolphin UPDATE

Update 18 April 2011The large increase in strandings of common dolphins, noted in January and February, has continued into March and April. The total ...

18th Apr 2011

Settled weather produces nice spread of sightings.

Last weekend's settled weather (9-10th April) produced a nice spread of cetacean and basking shark sightings from around Ireland's coast, which compr...

13th Apr 2011

Job Vacancy on GMIT/IWDG PReCAST Project

There is a four month contract available on the joint IWDG/GMIT project PReCAST. Starting immediately. Please see link below for details. http://www.g...

8th Apr 2011

Another common dolphin stranding in West Cork

IWDG received a call at 09:30am 4th April from Margaret Walsh, Clonakilty of a live-stranded dolphin to the rear of Inchydoney Island, West Cork. Whil...

4th Apr 2011

IWDG online reporting...business as usual

We're delighted to inform all recorders that the issue with our online submissions are now fixed and that any cetacean and basking shark sightings & s...

2nd Apr 2011

Another superpod of 1,000+ Common dolphins

Only last month we received a report from Micheal Cottrell while fishing off the Kinsale Gas Fields area, Co. Cork on Fri. 11th Feb., when he encounte...

28th Mar 2011

IWDG Live Stranding Course

IWDG host their annual live stranding course in Kilrush, Co Clare on 10 April, 2011. Places available.The aim of this course is teach people what to d...

28th Mar 2011

2011 Basking shark season begins....UPDATES

Report IV , 24/03/11 18:00pmWell it's clear that no one's record of the first basking shark of 2011 seems capable of standing for more than a few hour...

24th Mar 2011

Largest fin whale aggegation of year goes to....

After a casual chat with Colin Barnes yesterday, following a conversation he had with Micheal Walsh, we got sketchy details on what sounded like an am...

16th Mar 2011

IWDG report on last weekend's East Coast events

Whale Watch, Bray Head, Co. Wicklow by Debbi Pedreschi"..... Sunday's Whale Watch attracted a smaller group than our last watch at Howth Head in Octob...

8th Mar 2011

End of our Whaling era

On this day (3rd March) in 1933 the Irish Times advertised the sale of assets from the Blacksod Whaling Station in County Mayo. This followed the dis...

3rd Mar 2011

Estimates of 1,000+ common dolphins off Kinsale Gas Fields

Mícheál Cottrell who'll be better known by his inshore reports during the summer/autumn from his RIB trips with Baltimore Sea Safaris, reports on an...

15th Feb 2011

Fin whales still off the south coast-update

Report II, 10th FebDuring a 2 hour watch from Red Head, near Dunmore East County Waterford on Thurs 10th Feb., Gay Palmer (IWDG) observed 3 fin whales...

12th Feb 2011

Largest Irish Killer whale aggregation to date.

IWDG have just received a report from the Irish Naval Service of an unprecedented feeding aggregation of killer whales Orcinus orca in our offshore N...

8th Feb 2011

Fáilte Ireland discover new species for Irish waters

The new Fáilte Ireland advert features a breaching Southern Right Whale - a species never recorded in Ireland !Yes, this story may have a familiar ri...

3rd Feb 2011

Trans-Atlantic Cetacean Survey

The R.V. Celtic Explorer departed Cork City on Saturday 29 January, bound for St. Johns, Newfoundland. Conor Ryan and Alessandro Pierini from Galway-M...

29th Jan 2011

IWDG publish first study of fin whales in Ireland

IWDG have just published the first paper using photo-id to explore the ecology of fin whales off the south coast of Ireland in Marine Biodiversity Rec...

27th Jan 2011

First Aerial Whale Survey cut short

The first dedicated aerial whale survey had to be cut-short due to technical difficulties. The survey onboard the Maritime Squadron Casa 252 aircraft ...

21st Jan 2011

Curracloe Humpback confirmed as new ...UPDATE

Report III, 2001/11So far there are no reported sightings of #HBIRL14 today off Curracloe area, but we can confirm that it was present yesterday 19th ...

20th Jan 2011

First Aerial Whale Survey cut-short

The first dedicated aerial whale survey had to be cut-short due to technical difficulties. The survey onboard the Maritime Squadron Casa 252 aircraft ...

20th Jan 2011

Looks like #HBIRL13 is not alone off Wexford coast.

Report V, 17/01/11 PMFaith Wilson and Christian Osthoff drove down from Wicklow this afternoon to see if they could observe this whale from land. The...

17th Jan 2011

New Year activity summary

2010 was a record year for cetacean recording in Ireland with 1,788 cetacean (and basking shark) records received, validated and collated by IWDG. The...

7th Jan 2011