Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Lion’s mane jellyfish Largelionsmanejellyfish.jpg Scientific classification e Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cnidaria Class: Scyphozoa Order: Semaeostomeae Family: Cyaneidae Genus: Cyanea Species: C. capillata Binomial name Cyanea capillata (Linnaeus, 1758) Jellyfish are common in Clew Bay in summer. The lion’s mane jellyfish, is the largest known species of jellyfish and appears to have been more frequently seenContinue reading “Lion’s Mane Jellyfish”

Spring bloom arrives in Clew Bay

Recently I met an oyster farmer in Murrisk who grows pacific oysters. I asked if he saw any recent growth in his oysters after a long winter. He said he noticed fresh growth after a period of rain. Oysters are “filter feeders” and filter 50 gallons (189 Litres) of  water per day and extract phytoplanktonContinue reading “Spring bloom arrives in Clew Bay”

Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo

It takes time and effort to learn what marine mammals are present off the Mayo coast. One collaborative effort involving Dutch, Norwegian, English and Irish scientists occurred between 2008-2009 off the Galway and Mayo coast. Bottlenose dolphins in Connemara and Mayo 2008-2009. Movement patterns between two coastal areas in the west of Ireland. A totalContinue reading “Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo”

2018 Serial storms hit Clew Bay

January is the month of serial winter storms. Clew Bay’s inner islands protect the coast between Westport and Newport from the wrath of these North Atlantic storms. Bertra, the local Blue flag beach at the foot of Croagh Patrick has been hard hit again. A boulder beach has covered the tarmac access road to theContinue reading “2018 Serial storms hit Clew Bay”

World Ocean Day, 8th June 2017

Ireland is a small island surrounded by water. Not many Irish people appreciate that simple fact. It has a huge impact on our lives but its a blindspot for many. To live healthily we need clean land and seas. Currently we pollute the sea and the land. Plastic is everywhere. Just a thought – thinkContinue reading “World Ocean Day, 8th June 2017”

Clew bay, sunshine, wind, and mackerel

Sunshine, wind and mackerel on the Wild Atlantic Charters in Clew Bay, County Mayo.

Underwater noise and the protection of whales and dolphins

I am interested in acoustics and how man made underwater noise may impact on marine mammals. The link is to an article I wrote about it in 2014. http://issuu.com/inshoreirelandpublishing/docs/10.2_issuu/20 Marine mammals depend on sound to communicate, find fish to eat and find their way in the ocean. Is it cruel to bombard them with highContinue reading “Underwater noise and the protection of whales and dolphins”

Harbour Porpoise in Clew Bay 2017

Discover Ireland’s smallest whale in Clew Bay

April sunshine in Clew Bay

Two days of sunshine in early April saw “Rebecca” make a passage to Murrisk pier from Rosmoney via Crovinish and Inishraher. Blue skies and sunshine were welcome after weeks of grey cloud and rain. Air temperature was about 10 degrees, not yet shorts weather. Common seals were basking on the rocks enroute near Carrickawart. WeContinue reading “April sunshine in Clew Bay”

First Spring days 2017

Rebecca (5.8m) ready for exploring the islands and wildlife in Clew Bay from Rosmoney, Westport, County Mayo. Photo Liamy McNally 2017 Today 26 March was a beautiful sunny spring day out in Clew Bay. An easterly wind kept the temperature to a coolish 11 degrees centigrade. No fish biting today off Inishoo. Brent Geese areContinue reading “First Spring days 2017”

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