2013

Fin whale live stranded on Achill Island

26 December 2013 A steady stream of people went out to see the fin whale on Achill Island today. IWDG chair Willie Muehlhausen travelled u...

25th Dec 2013

Look into the Eye: Good Christmas read

IWDG member and author, Jenni Barrett, has published a new book. called "Look into the Eye" it is the story of two quite different p...

16th Dec 2013

IWDG attend West Cork wildlife showcase Sat 14th Dec.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is pleased to announce our attendance at a wildlife showcase event tomorrow Saturday 14th December that will...

13th Dec 2013

Celtic Mist sails from Kinsale

Celtic Mist will sail this Sunday 8th December from Kinsale Marina surveying whales  and dolphins in the area, while enjoying the beautiful sce...

7th Dec 2013

Are we Experiencing an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) in Ireland ?

In the US elevated numbers of cetacean strandings, which are unexpected and involve a significant die-off is declared as an Unexpected Mortality Ev...

30th Nov 2013

Mass stranding of common dolphins in Co. Mayo

On Sunday last, 24 November there was a mass stranding involving up to 13 common dolphins between Cartron and Blacksod on the Mullet Peninsula, Co....

27th Nov 2013

Celtic Mist whale watching on the south coast

Celtic Mist made a successful overnight passage from Kilrush to Baltimore, despite the cold conditions, skipper and crew were treated a clear starr...

24th Nov 2013

What's to be seen outside south coast "hotspots"?

Ok, so we all know that we’re in the middle of what is loosely termed the “large whale season”, which means we are receiving almo...

20th Nov 2013

A review of a record humpback summer...Update

Report Update 12/11/2013 The day kicked off with an early morning report by the Irish Naval Service, via Ronan Mc Laughlin of no less than 4 ce...

10th Nov 2013

Cetacean Strandings in Ireland Reach Record High

Following on from our recent website article concerning the high number of cetacean strandings in 2013, the IWDG strandings database has logged a n...

15th Oct 2013

Celtic Sea Herring Survey Blog

The annual Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey is underway off the south coast of Ireland. This survey attempts to determine the distribution, abund...

15th Oct 2013

Coole Harmonies

a family event not to be missed!  Coole Harmonies are putting on their first musical production, Ocean World,  on Sat Oct 19th at 6.30pm ...

15th Oct 2013

Coole Harmonies

a family event not to be missed!  Coole Harmonies are putting on their first musical production, Ocean World,  on Sat Oct 19th at 6.30pm ...

15th Oct 2013

Shannon Dolphin Study on RTE Nationwide

RTE's Nationwide filmed a lovely piece on the Shannon dolphins this summer to celebrate 20 years of the Shannon Dolphin study. The piece sh...

14th Oct 2013

IWDG regret proposal to close Exploris Aquarium, Co Down

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) regrets the proposal to close the Exploris Aquarium in County Down. While acknowledging the difficult econ...

1st Oct 2013

Miolta Mora ag druidim i dtreo an chosta de reir a cheile

Míolta Móra ag druidim i dtreo an chósta de réir a chéile Dé Luain, 16 Meán Fómhair 201...

23rd Sep 2013

Photo ID provides clues to Irish humpbacks life-cycle...Update

Photo ID provides important clues to Irish humpback whale life-cycle...Update.   Report 11, 16th Sept. 2013 A highly rewarding res...

18th Sep 2013

Large whales moving inshore in increasing numbers

At this time of year it probably comes as little surprise to IWDG members and whale enthusiasts alike that in recent weeks there has been a signifi...

16th Sep 2013

Another rare live stranding in Co. Antrim

In July 2006 a young 10m long sei whale Balaenoptera borealis swam into Larne Lough where it was eventually euthanized after a number of ...

14th Sep 2013

One of the world’s rarest whales photographed off shelf edge

One of the world’s rarest whales photographed off shelf edge On the 1  September Celtic Mist returned to the continental slope of the e...

12th Sep 2013

Shocking rise in cetacean strandings

It isn't often that we in IWDG go for words like 'shocking' in the title for a news article but as I sit here looking at the numbers of...

4th Sep 2013

Whale Watch Ireland 2013...Results

Key Results of Whale Watch Ireland 2013   We present the main results for this years all-Island Whale Watch day on Sunday 18th Au...

21st Aug 2013

IWDG Welcomes New Measures to Protect Deep Diving Cetaceans During Seismic Survey

The IWDG welcomes recent measures implemented by the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources a...

8th Aug 2013

IWDG survey of Tralee and Brandon Bays

This summer the IWDG have been carrying out a survey of Tralee and Brandon Bays in North Kerry to investigate the use of the area by bottlenose dol...

8th Aug 2013

Newest addition to the Irish Humpback Whale catalogue

IWDG are delighted to confirm the first addition to the Irish Humpback whale catalogue of the 2013/14 large whale season and introduce HBIRL23,&nbs...

30th Jul 2013

Celtic Mist sails in The Gathering Cruise 2013

Celtic Mist departed Dun Laoghaire last Thursday morning 18th of July as part of The Gathering Cruise 2013, with seven excited IWDG crew members on ...

23rd Jul 2013

Sail Training for IWDG Members - Just a few places left...

IWDG members West Cork Sailing have kindly offered discount Sail training to all members for a limited time only! Cruising training and charter ar...

22nd Jul 2013

IWDG launch new Offshore Marine Mammal Atlas

The IWDG has just published an Atlas of the Distribution of Cetaceans in Irelands Offshore Waters. The Atlas is a culmination of six years of survey...

17th Jul 2013

Humpbacks return to Irish south coast

Rightly or wrongly, there is always a sense, regarding whales in Ireland that unless the activity been recorded in places like West Cork, West Kerr...

16th Jul 2013

IWDG Whale-Watching weekend course 26-28 July

IWDG Cape Clear Summer Whale-Watching courses...update Update on July 26-28th Weekend course  Our second whale-watching weekend course...

15th Jul 2013

Minke whales galore in Irish waters...Update

Report update: 11th July 2013 Once again, multiple whale sightings reported to IWDG from the southwest region.  Minke whales were reported...

10th Jul 2013

Cursa Faire Miolta Mora deireadh seachtaine 26-28 Iuil

Cúrsaí Samhraidh Faire Míolta Móra an IWDG...an t-eolas is deireanaí An t-eolas is deireanaí faoi ch&...

2nd Jul 2013

Sail Training for IWDG Members

IWDG members West Cork Sailing have kindly offered discount Sail training to all members for a limited time only! Cruising training and charter ar...

1st Jul 2013

First confirmed successful refloat of stranded dolphin - seen with calf UPDATE

A dolphin now known as Sandy Salmon was the first documented case of a successful live-stranded and subesquently rescued bottlenose dolphin in Irel...

27th Jun 2013

First pilot whale strandings for the east coast

IWDG received a call from the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) early yesterday (20 June) of a large (up to 25') whale/dolphin live stra...

21st Jun 2013

Cuairt na gCránacha Dubha ar chósta thiar theas na hÉireann

Is cúis scleondair i gcónaí an teagmháil le cránacha dubha (nó grampair) agus is díol spéis...

18th Jun 2013

IWDG Conservation and Research Bursary

The Conservation and Research Bursary advertised to IWDG members was awarded to Paddy O'Dwyer.  This bursary is a collaboration with Mick ...

14th Jun 2013

Bunratty dolphins recorded in the Shannon Estuary

The three dolphins that were in the river in Buratty in April have been observed in the Shannon estuary from a dolphin tour boat. Following the...

7th Jun 2013

20 years studying the Shannon Dolphins: UPDATED

2 June 2013 As part of the celebrations of 20 years of study of the Shannon dolphins, we will provide updates on stories, interviews ...

2nd Jun 2013

Whales and dolphins of Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim

To coincide with the IWDG's Celtic Mist arriving in Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim today 31st May to celebrate the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival ...

31st May 2013

Another beaked whale stranding on the Irish coast

Dermot Breen, conservation ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service contacted the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group earlier today with ...

28th May 2013

Bottlenose dolphins attack on porpoise filmed

The IWDG has reported on the resident Cork harbour pod of bottlenose dolphins since they first took up residence in the waters between Weaver's...

24th May 2013

Basking shark bonanza in Northwest

Report Update: 25 May 2013 Great to see Northern Ireland get on the basking shark score board (especially afer the day's rugby defeat) with...

23rd May 2013

IWDG concerned about EIA for offshore windfarm of County Wicklow

The IWDG have prepared a detailed submission expressing concern about the impact of the proposed Dublin Array offshore windfarm on harbour porpoise...

20th May 2013

Second gray whale for the Atlantic

Prior to 9th May 2010, we'd have said the only way IWDG members could see gray whales was by joining an overseas trip to Baja California in Mex...

16th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two libve stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphin l...

14th May 2013

Live strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Two live stranded events in recent days off the northwest. In Aughleam, on the Mullet pemnisular, co Mayo a group of around seven common dolphins l...

14th May 2013

Strandings in Mayo and Donegal

Some unusual stranding events have occurred in recent days off the northwest coast. On Sunday 12 May, seven common dolphins (five adults ...

14th May 2013

First study on diet of fin and humpback whales in Irish waters for one hundred years

First study on diet of fin and humpback whales in Irish waters for one hundred years A team of Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Galway-Mayo Inst...

7th May 2013

IWDG welcome post-mortem of common dolphins

IWDG welcome the post-mortems carried out at the Athlone Regional Veterinary Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ...

25th Apr 2013

Mass stranding of common dolphins on Achill Island, Co. Mayo UPDATE

Update 25 April 2013 IWDG welcome the post-mortems carried out at the Athlone Regional Veterinary Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture, ...

25th Apr 2013

EPA request Ringsend Wastewater Treatment application withdrawn

IWDG were informed today that the EPA have recommended that Dublin City Councils application for a Dumping at Sea licence in connection with the pr...

12th Apr 2013

#22 and Rising

There seems to be a lot of stranding related stories on the home page of www.iwdg.ie and some are of very interesting species such as the sperm wha...

21st Mar 2013

Spanish whale dies after ingesting plastic debris

Experts who examined a dead sperm whale washed ashore in southern Spain have confirmed that it died from a blockage in the stomach caused by ingest...

12th Mar 2013

1958 Stranding

Well it’s not often that the IWDG Cetacean Stranding Scheme receives a record from the last century but we’ve recently received an inte...

7th Mar 2013

IWDG express concern over seismic survey in Dublin Bay - UPDATED

Providence Resources recently announced it has surrendered the Foreshore Licence granted over an area in the Kish Bank Basin, in Dublin Bay because...

18th Feb 2013

Oscar Merne...an appreciation

It was with much sadness that the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group learnt of the recent passing of Oscar Merne on the 17th January after a long i...

7th Feb 2013

Cetaceans on the Frontier IV Survey...Update

Update: Saturday 2 February   Check out the latest from the Cetaceans on the Frontier 4 survey on our blog: www.cotf4.blogspot.ie...

15th Jan 2013

RV Celtic Mist Sails to Wexford UPDATE

10 January 2013   RV Celtic Mist has arrived safely in County Wexford from Kilrush, County Clare.  The crew onboard Celtic Mist w...

10th Jan 2013

IWDG Cetacean Strandings Review 2012

Now that most, if not all, stranding records for 2012 have been received and validated by the IWDG Cetacean Stranding Scheme, we can see that last ...

5th Jan 2013