Geese and Swans
The Atlantic coast provides some of the best waters in Europe for sighting
cetaceans (marine mammals including whales, dolphins and porpoises).
dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Bottlenose dolphins are widespread along the coast of Clare, particularly
the Shannon Estuary and Galway Bay. The only known resident group
of dolphins in Ireland occur in the Shannon Estuary, where over
100 dolphins are regularly recorded.
Habitat: Marine and estuary.
could or does threaten the population: Coastal pollution,
over-fishing which can reduce essential food sources, noise and
disturbance from boats can cause potential problems for Bottlenose
porpoise Phocoena phocoena
Harbour porpoises are common along the coast of Clare particualy in Galway
Bay. These populations are important as they are declining in many other
What could or does threaten the population: Coastal pollution
and getting caught in fishing nets are problems which can reduce numbers
of Harbour porpoises.
seal Phoca vitulina
In Clare Common seals are mainly found near Ballyvaughan, Mutton
Island and occasionally in the Shannon estuary. The other seal found
on the coast of Clare is the Grey seal, which is more common and
tends to be found further out to sea.
What could or does threaten the population: Diseases,
pollution and a reduction of fish due to overfishing may significantly
impact Common seal populations.