Marine life around Ireland One of the best memories of any day spent cruising around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine life. It is a pleasure for young and old to observe seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales in their own habitat. As boaters lucky enough to have experienced it, this will testify that even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat. Was it a porpoise? Was it a whale? Whatever the brief glimpse, it is a privilege to share the seas with Ireland’s marine life.
Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean, there does not seem to be a lack of marine life to observe.
From whales and dolphins, to seals, sharks and other marine life, this page documents the most interesting tales of the marine life around our coasts. We look forward to receiving your comments, photos, links and youtube clips.
Boaters have a unique perspective and all who sail from coastal kayaking to offshore yacht racing, that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organizations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group ( IWDG) which compiles a list of observations and strandings. . The IWDG knowledge base has grown over the past 21 years thanks at least in part to observations from sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.
Thanks to the work of the IWDG, we now know that we share the seas with dozens of species that also live in Ireland. Here is the current list: Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, Beluga, Blue Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Cuvier’s Beak Whale, False Killer Whale, Fin Whale, Gervais’s Beak Whale, Harbor Porpoise, Humpback Whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, risso’s dolphin, sei whale, sowerby’s beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, true’s beaked whale, and white-beaked dolphin.
But as impressive as the list of species is, the IWDG believes there are still gaps in our knowledge. The next time you step out on the ocean waves, keep a close eye!