Simon Berrow

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Deepwater Horizon’s devasting spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is still fresh in the memory of some 60 environmental groups who are also united in opposition.

If the planet sounds a lot noisier since Donald Trump became US president, there’s a fair cacophony building up beneath the waves. Earlier this y(...)

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The late taoiseach Charles Haughey’s former yacht Celtic Mist is to leave Dublin Bay on Friday for its longest voyage north on a whale research trip t(...)

A Spotted Ray (Raja montagui) eggcase sighted on Carratigue Beach in Co Mayo. This is one of Ireland’s more common species of egg-laying skate

There’s a buzz around citizen science at the moment with growing numbers of people keen to report on the presence or absence of everything from fish t(...)

New arrival: the hazel dormouse came to Ireland recently, perhaps in French hay. Illustration: Michael Viney

A little animal, curled up and sleeping, nose to furry tail, like a strokable netsuke, tumbled out of a bag of hay in front of a reader in Co Kildare (...)

Seal  near Dalkey Island in Dublin bay. Previous dumping has already had an impact on the integrity of the area. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a record number of submissions in response to Dublin Port’s most recent application to dump spoil (...)

The rare Arctic bowhead whale normally frequents far cooler waters below polar ice

An Arctic bowhead whale has been recorded for the first time in Irish waters, some 2,000 miles south of its natural habitat. The rare marine mammal, (...)

A dolphin and her  newborn calf: a report has found that ottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins and killer whales or orcas are under enormous threat from persistent pollutants.  Photograph: Isabel Baker/Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

Man-made pollution is affecting the ability of marine mammals such as killer whales and dolphins to breed and may lead to the extinction of some speci(...)

Noise pollution  can transmit across thousands of square kilometres of ocean, causing physical injury, disorientation and death to whales and dolphins. Photograph: Simon Duggan/Provision

Whale and dolphin activity on Ireland’s continental shelf is being measured off the west coast this week by a 21-metre yacht known to be one of the (...)

Cuvier’s beaked whale. Photograph: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Irish and British marine scientists are seriously concerned about a spike in strandings of the protected deepwater Cuvier’s beaked whale along the wes(...)

The number of common dolphins stranded throughout the country since October is close to the amount that should be expected for an entire year

Scientists have expressed alarm at a recent spike in dolphin strandings which has seen almost 20 of the animals recovered on Irish shores in the last (...)

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