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 Breaching humpback whale. Illustration: Michael Viney

He would have met dolphins aplenty, arching ahead of his yacht beyond Dingle Bay. The sight of a whale was perhaps more rare: a distant spout or occas(...)

Sperm whales off Ireland’s west coast. Photograph: Irish Maritime Squadron

We may have lost Fungi but new research reveals has Ireland has an abundance of sperm whales living off its shores. There is an estimated population (...)

 A killer whale that was washed up in Co Waterford. Photograph: Clare Scott

Four killer whales stranded on Irish shores between 2010 and 2017 were found to have “very high” persistent pollutants that may exceed toxicity levels(...)

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

A whale that had been spotted swimming in Dublin Bay this week has died. Passengers and crew on the Irish Ferries vessel Ulysses spotted the corpse (...)

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, (...)

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