I am pleased to be able to award 15,000 to IWDG
as a part of this wider Environment Fund.
spokesman Mick O'Connell said: "Many of the dolphins found recently, particularly in Mayo, Sligo, and Donegal, show obvious signs of being caught in fishing nets.
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Mr Whooley said the IWDG
sighting scheme, which enabled such spectacular scenes to be filmed, had remained unfunded since 2013.
cLb Following a call from IWDG
and the assistance of Rod Penrose in Wales as well as Dublin Zoo, the carrier has managed to find a way to transport Leona within the cabin.
has recorded a total of 34 live strandings in Co Mayo and 17 of these have been around the Mullet Peninsula.
founder Dr Simon Berrow said it is a common practice around the world and often the quickest and cleanest option.
expert Padraig Whooley said: "We've recorded over 2,500 strandings since records began and this Arctic vagrant has never been recorded in Ireland.
said there are three "very obvious sighting clusters" in Killiney Bay, Bray Harbour and Greystones Harbour-Kilcoole.
But the IWDG
was told one bottlenose dolphin had beached and was found dead at the location.
only have resources to carry mammals up to 20ft back out to sea so larger ones often die.
spokesman said: "Hopefully this sighting will herald the beginning of a new era in which blue whales will continue to recover and begin to visit our inshore waters.