8 dead dolphins and whales found washed up along the coast of Ireland

The rise in common dolphin strandings is alarming wildlife enthusiasts
Photo: Jochen Duerr/IWDG
For the past six years, the first few weeks of the year have seen an increase in the number of dolphins being washed up on the Irish coastline.
 
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is making a determined effort this year to try to establish the cause and has begun the first post-mortem examinations of dead dolphins by a veterinary laboratory.
 
In this week’s podcast, the Chief Scientific Officer of the IWDG tells me what is being done and says that fisheries by-catch is particularly being looked at.
 
If there is another increase this year in the number of stranded dolphins, the IWDG is hoping the post-mortem scheme will provide a definite insight towards the cause of dolphin deaths.
 
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group reports eight strandings since Jan 1 ….There were two on New Year’s Day, a common dolphin in Tralee Bay and a white-beaked dolphin at Ballyconneely in Co,Galway. There have been strandings since in Counties Wexford, Clare, Mayo, Waterford and two more in Kerry.
Courtesy of afloat.ie

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