The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has expressed concern over a worrying increase in reports of dead common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) around the Irish coast during the first two months of 2018. According to the figures on the group's website 2017 was a record year for cetacean strandings in Ireland, with 263 validated stranding records (of all species) documented over the … [Read more...] about Huge spike in common dolphin deaths around Ireland
I've been lucky enough to do quite a lot of whale watching in my time -- in some of the world's iconic whale watching hotspots. But last weekend West Cork, off the south coast of Ireland, reminded me once again that I live in a place that, on its day, can rival the best whale watching anywhere in the world. I'd heard through the grapevine that there was some … [Read more...] about Minke whale extravaganza: amazing whale watching in West Cork!
With Valentine's Day tomorrow here's a little gift for all of you who love Ireland's wonderful wildlife... a special "I ♥ Ireland's Wildlife" wallpaper to dress up your PC desktop / tablet. The wallpaper features an image of a Common Dolphin taken off the coast of West Cork in December last year. To download the full-size image: Right click on the image above Choose … [Read more...] about Love Ireland’s Wildlife? Download Wild Valentine’s Day Wallpaper
A report from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has confirmed that eight (8) dead common dolphins Delphinus delphis have been discovered washed up on the beaches of Achill Island, Co. Mayo over recent days, with unconfirmed reports of at least another one dolphin on a nearby island. "The IWDG don't have full details to hand as yet but photos sent to us by local people show … [Read more...] about Mass stranding of dead dolphins in Mayo
A small group of three common dolphins surprised shoppers yesterday lunchtime when they turned up in the heart of Cork City. The trio made their way through Cork Harbour and up the River Lee’s South Channel in front of the newly constructed Cork School of Music. "It's certainly an unusual occurrence but it is not without precedent," said Pádraig Whooley of the Irish … [Read more...] about Common dolphins on Cork city-break