2012

South coast large whale update....

Report VI update: 19 Dec 2012 This update really draws a line under the recent large whale activity in West Cork that was enjoyed by so ma...

19th Dec 2012

IWDG welcomes new dolphin and porpoise SACs

The IWDG welcomes the announcement by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, of his intention to designate two new marin...

4th Dec 2012

IWDG welcomes new dolphin and porpoise SACs

The IWDG welcomes the announcement by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, of his intention to designate two new marin...

4th Dec 2012

IWDG appoint Science and Welfare Officers

The IWDG are pleased to announce the appointment of two new officers to their ranks.  These cover the recently advertised Science and Welfare ...

21st Nov 2012

Cetacean sightings summary Summer 2012

With our website’s enhanced reporting and interrogation functions now in place, we are delighted to be able to resume cetacean reports f...

19th Nov 2012

Fin whales spread out along South coast

Those of you who keep an eye on the daily sightings updates on www.iwdg.ie, can’t have missed that the 2012/13 “Large Whale season...

14th Nov 2012

Striped dolphins live strand in Kerry and Clare UPDATED

A third striped dolphin was reported on 17 November.  A juvenile dolphin measuring just 1.32m was reported by Frankie and Marie Morris and was...

11th Nov 2012

World's rarest whale washed up in New Zealand

The world’s rarest species of whale has finally been seen and photographed, 140 years after it was first identified from a jaw bone. Spad...

6th Nov 2012

End to the Baltimore fin whale saga

Update IV, 31/10/12...the end of the road! Last week on 24th October, the Baltimore fin whale carcass was towed out to open water between the B...

31st Oct 2012

IWDG call on government to designate a marine protected area for harbour porpoise

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have called on the Irish government to designate a marine protected area for harbour porpoise off County Dublin. ...

28th Oct 2012

Invite to NADA

You are electronically invited to view NADA at your leisure at www.conamara.org   The NADA rock exhibition (by Bob Quinn) can also...

24th Oct 2012

IWDG Celtic Sea Herring Survey - Updated

IWDG surveyor Enda McKeogh is onboard RV Celtic Explorer on the annual Celtic Sea Herring Survey recording cetaceans on behalf of the IWDG.  H...

13th Oct 2012

Conamara Comes to Town

Fundraiser for the Conamara Sea Week in Galway on Friday. The Conamara Environmental Education Centre based in Letterfrack, Co Galway have been...

4th Oct 2012

New Report on Harbour Porpoise in UK waters

A new report commissioned by WWF in the UK on harbour porpoise has been published. The report covers the waters off Northern Ireland and is critica...

2nd Oct 2012

IWDG Appoint New Officers

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Board of Directors are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Officers. The new officers are volu...

30th Sep 2012

RV Celtic Mist MMO/PAM Research Trip

By Lucy Hunt, a freelance Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and environmental consultant with LH Marine.   Sunday 2nd September 2012 &...

17th Sep 2012

IWDG research team encounter Blue Whales

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Groups new marine research vessel Celtic Mist set sail last Monday 3rd September on a Marine Mammal Observation and Pas...

10th Sep 2012

Volunteer Offshore Surveyors wanted

Volunteer Offshore Surveyors Wanted The IWDG is compiling a list of people who are prepared to work as voluntary cetacean surveyors on board re...

4th Sep 2012

Whale Watch Ireland 2012 report

On Sunday 19th August the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group delivered Whale Watch Ireland 2012. This All–Ireland Whale Watch day comprised free...

25th Aug 2012

Official launch of RV Celtic Mist

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invite you to the official launch of Ireland’s new whale and dolphin research vessel, Celtic Mist. Celtic M...

7th Aug 2012

Environmental NGO’s call for an end to ‘pretty littering’

The number of balloon & Chinese lantern releases in Ireland appears to be on the increase. These visual displays can have long-lasting and far-...

29th Jul 2012

Cape Verde Expedition 2012: Fieldwork Report

A summary report from the fourth IWDG research expedition to Cape Verde is available to download. Cape Verde 2012 Expedition Report: Downloa...

28th Jul 2012

Whale and Dolphin ID Course at Mourne Mountains

After a very successful Daubenton's bat survey workshop last night we're hosting another training workshop on Whale and Dolphin ID, which w...

28th Jul 2012

RV Celtic Mist launched back on the water

Following an extensive refit, the new IWDG cetacean research vessel Celtic Mist was launched this weekend at Kilrush Creek Marina. There is st...

16th Jul 2012

IWDG Cape Clear Whale-Watching Weekend courses

Report II, 26/06/12 There are still a few spaces left on our July 20-22nd Whale Watching weekend course on Cape Clear Island, West Cork.  Th...

13th Jul 2012

Mid-summer Nights Cruise CANCELLED!

Update 13 July Unfortunately the much anticipated mid-summer cruise in the Shannon Estuary being offered by Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt, as a fundra...

13th Jul 2012

June 2012 Cetacean Sighting Summary

IWDG received, validated and processed 143 sightings in June 2012, comprising 10 species (including basking shark). Of these 88% were confirmed to ...

12th Jul 2012

Exhibition on Whales and dolphins of the Dingle peninsula

An exhibition charting the cetacean activity of the Dingle peninsula has its official opening on Monday 18th June. Set within the Músaem Cho...

16th Jun 2012

Killer whale bonanza off the north coast....UPDATE

Report II, 13/06/12 In the past week we've received quite a few queries from both IWDG members and public alike asking where would be the bes...

13th Jun 2012

Juvenile minke whale live-strands in County Mayo

Conor McGuire and some friends were heading out for a days fishing in Clew Bay on 5th June when they encountered a 4-5m young minke whale that had ...

7th Jun 2012

IWDG Proposes a Pan-European Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary

On 7 June 1991, the then Taoiseach Charles Haughey declared Ireland a Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary in recognition of the importance of Irish waters ...

7th Jun 2012

Bottlenose dolphin live stranded in the Shannon Estuary

Bright and early the phone calls started this morning, just before I set off for work in Galway.  A bottlenose dolphin had live-stranded on Ha...

1st Jun 2012

May 2012 Cetacean & Basking shark Summary

Although not a record month of May, it had in terms of volume of sighting reports, a nice geographic spread along with a good species mix. The IWDG...

1st Jun 2012

IWDG Concerned over Seismic Survey of Corrib Gasfield

IWDG has made a complaint to the Minister Pat Rabbitte, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the European Commission abou...

30th May 2012

IWDG Cape Clear Whale-Watching Weekend courses

Report III, 21/05/12 We've just had a 3 person cancellation for this weekend's IWDG Whale Watching course on Cape Clear, which leaves us with some add...

21st May 2012

Humpback whales still in West Cork waters...UPDATE

Report V, 17/05/12 We're not sure if this should read as an update on the previous April humpback whale reports, or a new "stand alone" report. But y...

17th May 2012

Basking shark off Dun Laoghaire Pier 15th May

Report II, 16/05/12 There were no further basking shark sightings today from the Dun Laoghaire area. This however doesn't mean that there are non pres...

16th May 2012

IWDG 4th Cape Verde Humpback Expedition - Comes to an End

Update 16 May 2012Darren, Pedro, Simon and José are winding down what has been a successful expedition to Cape Verde. We collected 21 biopsy samples ...

15th May 2012

St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea raise money for IWDG

Hello my name is Sibéal Regan from St. Raphael's College. Loughrea, Co. Galway and I'm currently doing my Junior Certificate.I organised a fund raise...

9th May 2012

Bottlenose dolphins in Bellacragher Bay, Co. Mayo..UPDATE

Report III, 03/05/12 Bottlenose dolphins still present up to 19:00 this evening according to local members Richard Creagh and Carol Loftus, who took s...

3rd May 2012

Trans-Atlantic Cetacean Survey

Two Marine Science students from GMIT (and IWDG members) are carrying out an 8 day trans-Atlantic cetacean and bird survey on board the R.V. Celtic Ex...

1st May 2012

Narwhal stranding in Liscannor Bay, Co. Clare.. RESOLVED

Report Update, 22/04/12 The ongoing mystery of the whale stranded in Clohane near Liscannor in North Clare has been resolved. Images sent by Brian an...

22nd Apr 2012

Assessment and Monitoring of Ocean Noise in Irish Waters

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has recently teamed up with the Technical University of Catalonia in Spain, the Marine Institute and Biospheric En...

22nd Apr 2012

Another Humpback whale for Ards Peninsula, Co. Down

IWDG are delighted to confirm the 4th only validated humpback whale sighting record for Northern Ireland on Thurs. 12th April in Strangford Narrows, C...

15th Apr 2012

IWDG on East Coast Tour this week

If you'd like to learn more about "Whales and Dolphins of the East Coast and Beyond", you might be interested in attending one of this weeks illustrat...

10th Apr 2012

First basking sharks tagged in 2012 off Co Kerry

Following numerous reports of large concentrations of basking sharks from County Cork to County Galway the Irish Basking Shark Study Group successfull...

5th Apr 2012

ALL PRESENTATIONS LIVE STREAMED FROM ECS2012 GALWAY

For those unable to attend the 26th European Cetacean Society Conference in Galway the keynote speeches from ECS2012 Galway will be live streamed on ...

27th Mar 2012

Whale and Dolphin Roadshow Visits Galway

The Whale and Dolphin Roadshow will be in the Galway Shopping Centre from 22-25 March as part od the European Cetacean Society Conference celebrations...

19th Mar 2012

Killer whales in Newfoundland Bay, Nr. Oysterhaven, Co. Cork

IWDG confirm two records of a pair of killer whales within an eight day interval, close to Barry's Head, Newfoundland Bay, c4 miles east of Kinsale, C...

14th Mar 2012

Unprecedented numbers of strandings on Irish coast

The number of cetaceans stranded on the Irish coast during 2012 remain unprecedented compared to previous years.In 2011, 162 strandings were recorded ...

13th Mar 2012

Cetaceans on the Frontier III...update and report

06 MarchThe third Cetaceans on the Frontier cruise has concluded where it began in Cork City. The Celtic Explorer was escorted into the mouth of Cork ...

6th Mar 2012

IWDG secure additional Core-Funding support

IWDG are delighted to confirm receipt of generous core funding support to the value of Stg £2,000 from Scottish based BCF Technology Ltd.Appropriatel...

2nd Mar 2012

An Irish Killer Whale feeding on Ocean Sunfish - first for the North Atlantic

In October 2010, myself and Alessandro Pierini visited a stranded 5.12m female killer whale in Doohooma, Co. Mayo to take some samples. The whale had ...

24th Feb 2012

Fin whales still widespread and now back in West Cork

A run of fin whale sightings in recent weeks suggests an unexpected westward movement back along the Co. Cork coast.The observed trend since Andrew Ma...

22nd Feb 2012

IWDG to Return to Cape Verde

After a successful expedition in 2011, Island Foundation have once again awarded IWDG with a generous grant to continue Humpback Whale research in Cap...

21st Feb 2012

Humpback whale off Achill Island

With all the focus at the end of this year's 2011/12 large whale season on the Southeast coast, you'd be forgiven for thinking there were no whales an...

14th Feb 2012

An tUachtarán Higgins ina phátrún ar Ghrúpa Faire na Míolta Móra agus Deilfeanna

Tá glactha ag an Uachtarán nuathofa Michael D. Higgins leis an gcuireadh a bheith ina phátrún aonair ar Ghrúpa Faire na Míolta Móra agus na nDe...

10th Feb 2012

Funding secured for Celtic Mist Refit: Updated

Updated 7 FebruarySome photos of the Celtic Mist refit are available on http://www.rvcelticmist.ie/index.php/gallery/renovation-project28 JanuaryFollo...

7th Feb 2012

IWDG Comments on Kish Bank Exploration Well

The Kish Bank and adjacent waters are important for cetaceans. Some of the highest densities of harbour porpoises recorded in coastal Irish waters hav...

26th Jan 2012

New Humpback whale for Irish waters off Wexford.

IWDG are delighted to announce a previously unrecorded humpback whale photographed yesterday 23rd Jan off Hook Head, Co. Wexford, bringing to 19 the n...

24th Jan 2012

Off the Hook

The final month of 2011 proved to be a frustrating one as far as any sort of whale watching was concerned with strong south-westerlies keeping all but...

9th Jan 2012

Record Year for the IWDG Recording Schemes

The last year has proved to be a record year for cetacean recording by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. A total of 160 stranding and 1565 sighting r...

1st Jan 2012