Divers hospitalised

Four people have been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while diving in Co Tipperary at Sunday evening. The four had been diving at an old quarry near Portroe at around lunchtime when one man showed symptoms of decompression sickness. Three others who had been diving in the same area at the time were also taken to hospital as a precaution. The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the four to Cork University Hospital where they are currently being assessed. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that none of the four is in a serious condition. It is not yet clear...

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Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait

Following the airing of Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait (Channel 4 Sunday, 16th January 2011) the Shark Trust has received an avalanche of emails, letters of support and questions. Shark Bait has brought the issue of shark finning and its implications for shark populations to public attention. The Shark Trust has long been at the forefront of the campaign to halt shark finning and has been instrumental in securing legislation both in the UK and Europe. With the fins of up to 70 million sharks passing through the fin trade on an annual basis shark finning is currently the greatest threat to shark...

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Photographer of the Year 2010 Celebrates the Underwater World

After months of anticipation, the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 were announced on 22 October at a gala awards ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, London. Once again Project AWARE supporters did us proud, with fabulous underwater shots in many categories of this renowned, worldwide showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. Leading the pack was our very own Brian Skerry, one of the patrons of Project AWARE.  He was runner up in the competition’s brand new Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year award. Launched for the 2010 competition,...

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IWDG publish first study of fin whales in Ireland

IWDG have just published the first paper using photo-id to explore the ecology of fin whales off the south coast of Ireland in Marine Biodiversity Records, volume 4. The paper uses the extensive photo-identification catalogue built up by the IWDG since 2001, especially by Padraig Whooley and in collaboration with whalewatch operator Colin Barnes. The study showed that 62 individual fin whales were identified using a variety of marks, including notches in the dorsal fin, blotches and scars. Forty (65%) of these whales were only seen once but eleven whales (18%) have been recorded within a...

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Portroe Quarrys

Portoe has been an “unofficial” alternative dive site for divers for many years. With the opening of this new facility, divers can now have easier access to the water and enjoy the varied depths and underwater features of this well known quarry. With depths ranging from 3m to 39m, there is something for all grades of divers here. Visibility can range from 3m to 15m. The quarry is a great spot for training or any persons going forward for tests. It is an ideal spot for lifts and free dives especially when sea conditions are not favourable . Some people did alot of training there...

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