For inshore fishermen, sprat are now seen as an alternative catch to the lost abundance of skate, ray, plaice and other inshore species. Drawing by Michael Viney

A torrent of little silvery sprats was spilling in panic out of the sea, chased ashore by mackerel, and people were scooping them up with buckets, gle(...)

Grey seals tend to eat fish whole. Illustration: Michael Viney

Ireland can boast one of the least toxic terrains on the planet, at least for people. With the exception of a few deadly mushrooms, which are avoidabl(...)

The shiny black backs that came curving along the waves behind me were those of bottlenose dolphins, out for their own kind of fun. Picture: Michael Viney

On a frosty morning after Christmas in our first winter in the west more than 40 years ago, I went walking north along the shore. An early stretch, on(...)

A still from a video of the whale posted on social media. Photograph: Stella Maris Rowing Club/Facebook.

A sighting of a whale inside Dublin Port is being investigated by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). Amateur footage of the mammal breath(...)

A Sowerby’s Beaked Whale. File photograph: Whitehead Lab

Whale and dolphin conservationists are hoping that a rare whale which was washed ashore in Co Waterford at the weekend will survive, as they paid trib(...)

A still from a video of killer whales recorded  by fishermen off the coast of Dublin over the weekend. Image via Facebook

Two killer whales were spotted by fishermen trawler off the coast of Dublin on Saturday, the second sighting in as many weeks in the area. The fishe(...)

A stranded Cuvier’s beaked whale on Gola Island, off Co Donegal. Photograph: Donegal IWDG/Facebook

Five stranded Cuvier’s beaked whales have been reported in Ireland over the last week, a figure which an Irish conservation group has said is “a defin(...)

While the east coast of Ireland never had a history of whaling compared with the western seaboard, Ireland was the first country in Europe to declare (...)

Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney

It’s a good 15 years since I first took note of nurdles – a nonsense name for an insidious substance. Feather-light, translucent beads of polypropylen(...)

Grey whales ‘all have Mexican passports, being born in warm shallow lagoons in Baja California’. Photograph: Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images

Marine biologist Greg McCormack spots what he’s been looking for about 100m off the port side. It is a grey whale surfacing, one of a species that (...)

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