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IWDG experts have expressed concern at the unusually high number of strandings, with 32 cases reported in January, double the average numbers of recorded for the same month over the previous five years.
Dr Simon Berrow, founder of the IWDG, said that from what he knows about the circumstances he is not confident the whale can be saved.
Dr Simon Berrow, of IWDG, said the yacht closely associated with the sea-loving politician gets a warm welcome from people in coastal communities.
"Irish Ferries has always been very proactive in supporting IWDG and we have always worked very closely with them," added the Irish Ferries spokesman.
IWDG 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.
Only then, armed with evidence, can IWDG pressurise governments to make protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, a high priority.
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.
The IWDG has recorded a total of 34 live strandings in Co Mayo and 17 of these have been around the Mullet Peninsula.
"IWDG would request people not to enter the water with this bottlenose dolphin, or any dolphin for that matter.
IWDG founder Dr Simon Berrow said it is a common practice around the world and often the quickest and cleanest option.
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