'We were shaking, in awe': Father and son recount close encounter with humpback whales in Kerry

A father and son from Kerry made a splash in more ways than one when they posted video footage of their close encounter with a pod of humpback whales.

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Green welcome for Fianna Fáil’s wild proposal

Politicians always like to keep an ear to the ground but they could be getting even closer to nature if Micheál Martin gets his way.

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Going wild with animal-centred summer days out

From whale-watching and open farms to zoos, Marjorie Brennan looks at some of the options for animal-centred days out.

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Extinct flightless bird ‘comes back to life after evolving for second time’

The last surviving colony of the flightless rails is still found on the island.

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Several animals injured after fire at National Reptile Zoo in Co Kilkenny

Additionally, the entire anti-venom stock for the country has been destroyed.

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Cameras attached to sharks in South Africa reveal ‘spectacular’ footage

Research by Murdoch University, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University reveals the hunting tactics of large white sharks.

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40% drop in number of waterbirds spending winter in Ireland

Ireland is an important wintering area for these birds which breed at Arctic latitudes and migrate southwards to spend the winter on estuaries, coastal bays, rivers and lakes.

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Creators get the balance right with new Netflix natural history series

The creators of a spectacular new natural history series on Netflix tell Des O’Driscoll about the tricky task of engaging an audience while warning about the state of the planet.

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Minister rules out contraceptives as means of controlling Phoenix Park deer population

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe has ruled out the use of contraceptives as a means of controlling the wild deer population in the Phoenix Park.

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Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies

How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.

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Frogs spring into action earlier than usual

It’s that time of the year — the common frog might become a more common sight on our roads, with the increased risk that many will get squashed under car and truck wheels.

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Want to have a whale of a time? IWDG bringing Iceland expedition stories to libraries

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is bringing its ‘Trail of the Whale’ tour to libraries, writes Amy Lewis

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Starlings 'dropping' in on Meath residents as hundreds flock to see spectacle

The mesmerising murmuration of starlings in Co Meath is attracting hundreds of visitors each day.

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Modest rise in corncrake numbers but miracle needed

It is hard not to cheer the news that a modest increase in the population of calling, male corncrakes was recorded last summer even if that small reversal was a consequence of climate change and last year’s exceptionally — for now at least — warm summer.

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Chinese contradictions on animal trafficking

Why would Beijing push a policy that undermines President Xi Jinping’s oft-stated ambition to build an ‘ecological civilization, asks Brook Larmer.

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Whale washed ashore with 115 plastic cups and two flip-flops in its stomach

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a lump of trash in its stomach including 115 plastic drinking cups and two flip-flops.

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Tipping point: huge wildlife loss threatens the life support of our small planet

A report by the WWF published on October 30 reveals how our actions are degrading the natural world – the very basis on which our livelihood depends.

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Readers' blog: Human overpopulation a factor on wild species

Most Irish media have been headlining the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report on the critical demise of various species without noticing the huge impact Irish people have on the depopulation of these world species and even our impact on Ireland’s native animals and birds.

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WWF warn of species’ carnage - Humanity’s impact is too destructive

In 2011, a BirdWatch Ireland survey found just eight pairs of breeding curlew in Mayo or Donegal. It was then believed there were fewer than 200 productive pairs on this island, a dramatic decline from 5,000 in the early 1990s.

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Report: Wildlife populations plummet by 60% since 1970 due to human activity

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, drive climate change and pollute the planet, a report warns.

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Photography awards capture life at its wildest

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London is always a highlight for nature-lovers and photographers alike. Here are a selection of prize-winners from the dozens of images on display.

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'The tip of the iceberg' - report shows 23 birds of prey illegally shot or poisoned last year

More than 20 birds of prey were illegally shot or poisoned in the country last year, new figures show.

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Richard Collins: Are Irish red deer starting to shed antlers?

Edwin Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, the ‘biscuit-tin image of Scotland’, shows a royal stag with 12 points, or tines, on its antlers.

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Readers Blog: Our circle of compassion must widen

Reading Amy Lewis’s informative and well researched article (Ireland’s battle to save our wildlife: Irish Examiner, September 3) one can only admire the dedication of the gardaí and our National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers who hold the line against those who target protected or vulnerable species or use inhumane killing methods.

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Strengthen legal protections for sharks, say campaigners

Wildlife campaigners have called for better legal protections for sharks after the skipper of a Spanish-registered vessel was charged as part of an investigation into alleged shark finning in Irish waters.

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Drone photography poses risk to wildlife – experts

Experts say using drones inappropriately to capture images may cause stress and flout the law.

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Dublin Zoo welcomes birth of male scimitar-horned oryx

A male scimitar-horned oryx, a species classified as extinct in the wild, has been born at Dublin Zoo.

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Little Skellig — small is beautiful

How misleading names can be. Where a pair of islands occur they are often named greater or little/ lesser: the Greater and Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean; Great Britain and Lesser Britain (Ireland) as described by the Greek cartographer Ptolemy in the second century.

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Fear of eagle had no merit

It lifts the heart to see children enjoying nature. It inspires confidence that the young are not afflicted with that barbaric urge in some Irish people to kill everything that moves.

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Birds of a feather often get drunk together

Were gulls victims of the recent heatwave? According to the Plymouth Herald, firemen were called to a sick one stuck on a roof.

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Commercial interests blight wildness of the Atlantic Way

Garish advertising placards on roadsides around a local supermarket became a regular feature after the business became a Eurospar outlet. Corridors of signs turned country roads into shopping malls.

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Koko the gorilla who mastered sign language dies age 46

A gorilla who learned to communicate in sign language has died at the age of 46.

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61 year old Louth farmer comes to the rescue of herd of 'randy' Clare goats

A 61-year old farmer from the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth has come to the rescue of the herd of wild goats that have been roaming free and upsetting locals in residential areas in Ennis.

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Watch: Moment a wildlife park owner is mauled by lion

The owner of a South African wildlife park had a lucky escape after he was mauled by one of his lions.

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Visit endangered animals to give them a future

As we say goodbye to the world’s last male northern

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These injured and orphaned owlets are so adorable it hurts

A British wildlife sanctuary has seen a surge in owlet residents in recent weeks, creating a flurry of feathery pictures that will likely melt your heart.

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Wild West Cork: Why do we see so many short beaked dolphins off the West Cork coast?

Episode two of Wild West Cork looks at the Short-Beaked Common Dolphin.

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