European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

UCC August 2017

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MaREI and Galway Atlantaquaria teamed up to present an interactive exhibit ‘Discover Oceans of Energy’ at SeaFest…

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On the 8th of August, the MaREI Broadhaven Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring team received a call from locals about dolphins unusually close to shore in Blacksod Bay. When the team arrived at the site, they found two common dolphins swimming in the shallow waters of Emlybeg Bay near Belmullet town. The team monitored the dolphins until nightfall, however, the animals later stranded on the falling tide. The following morning a single animal was discovered alive but stranded high up the beach in very shallow water. Aoife Foley, experienced in live marine mammal strandings, led the team in coaxing the animal back into deeper waters. The animal remained in deeper waters in the Bay and we continued to monitor it from shore for a number of hours. Unfortunately, later that afternoon at low tide, the team discovered that both animals had stranded; one of the dolphins had died, the second was alive but stranded on the sand. The team dug holes for the pectoral fins of the live animal and covered its body in seaweed to prevent sunburn and overheating. We monitored this animal throughout the day; it refloated on the incoming tide, was last seen swimming into deeper waters, and was not seen again the next day. The dead animal was measured and photographed and moved to the high tide line, where it was later collected for necropsy by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Both dolphins were relatively large; the dead animal was male and measured 2.4 meters in length. The cause of the stranding is not known, neither animal displayed obvious signs of injury, and both appeared to be in good physical condition. Irish Whale and Dolphin Group UCC Research Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC

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On the 8th of August, the MaREI Broadhaven Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring team received a call from locals about dolphins unusually close to shore in Blacksod Bay. When the team arrived at the site, they found two common dolphins swimming in the shallow waters of Emlybeg Bay near Belmullet town. The team monitored the dolphins until nightfall, however, the animals later stranded on the falling tide. The following morning a single animal was discovered alive but stranded high up the beach in very shallow water. Aoife Foley, experienced in live marine mammal strandings, led the team in coaxing the animal back into deeper waters. The animal remained in deeper waters in the Bay and we continued to monitor it from shore for a number of hours. Unfortunately, later that afternoon at low tide, the team discovered that both animals had stranded; one of the dolphins had died, the second was alive but stranded on the sand. The team dug holes for the pectoral fins of the live animal and covered its body in seaweed to prevent sunburn and overheating. We monitored this animal throughout the day; it refloated on the incoming tide, was last seen swimming into deeper waters, and was not seen again the next day. The dead animal was measured and photographed and moved to the high tide line, where it was later collected for necropsy by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Both dolphins were relatively large; the dead animal was male and measured 2.4 meters in length. The cause of the stranding is not known, neither animal displayed obvious signs of injury, and both appeared to be in good physical condition. Irish Whale and Dolphin Group UCC Research Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC
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Linda Foleywell done to you all x

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