The BBC One Show captures marine life in Irish waters

From our years of experience in archaeological diving, we have a strong appreciation and respect for marine life and marine mammals. As a result, our team are also suitably qualified and offer the additional specialist service of Marine Mammal Observation (MMO).

In recent years there has been increased concern for the effect of man-made noise pollution in the ocean, particularly upon cetaceans – which are known to be sensitive to sound. As a result, environmental regulations have been introduced in an attempt to minimize negative impacts on marine wildlife. An MMO will implement these regulations in the field.

An interesting picture of Ireland’s marine life has recently been captured when a BBC One television crew joined a Marine Institute scientific survey for the first time in the offshore waters around Ireland and Scotland. Their voyage on the marine research vessel¬†RV Celtic Explorer, was recently screened on The BBC One Show as a four-part series.

In the first episode, Chief Scientist from the Marine Institute Michael O’Malley shows BBC’s Mike Dilger the route the RV Celtic Explorer will travel over the next 22 days, a the second part of a survey covering more than 5,000 nautical miles in total. After only a few hours into the survey, a huge pod of Common Dolphins surrounds the RV Celtic Explorer.

In episode two, and a week into the voyage and 100 miles from shore, the crew experience hostile weather conditions, and the RV Celtic Explorer sails through a Force 8 gale. Mike Dilger speaks to experienced fisherman and crewman aboard the RV Celtic Explorer Frank Kenny about the dangers of fishing. Near the Continental Shelf, several Risso’s Dolphins are spotted leaping out of the water.

In episode three, Aidan Long, PhD student from NUI Galway, shows Mike Dilger how plankton samples are collected by the towed Gulf sampler, and views gelatinous zooplankton under the microscope. As the survey rounds the Butt of Lewis to the north of the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, Minke Whales can be seen close to the RV Celtic Explorer.

The final episode sees a huge flock of Gannets surround the RV Celtic Explorer, as scientists continue to catch fish for analysis. A Fin whale, the second largest mammal on the planet, is also spotted in the distance sprouting water 10 metres into the air. As the survey passes through the North Channel off the north east coast of Ireland, a Thresher shark leaps out of the water only metres from the vessel.

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