Ireland’s Oceans Part 1

Ireland has over 1400 km of coast line and 220 million acres of seabed some of it as deep as 5km. Our seas have weathered our coastlines and shaped our climate. In the distant past the freezing of these oceans created the icecaps that sculpted our land. And when the ice melted, raising seas turned our fragment of north Atlantic rock into an island. Our oceans brought the first settlers to Ireland but later carried millions away.

Despite living on this small island out on the Atlantic we don’t really think of ourselves as an oceanic country and most of us have little connection with the sea. But today Ireland is leading the way in the study of the sea and our scientists are starting to understand how our oceans work in ever more complex and exciting ways.Every day ocean scientists head into the lab and field to push our understanding of the seas slowly forward.

Join Lenny Antonelli in this 2 part programme as he follows our marine scientists onto beaches and boats and into the lab to learn about the science of Ireland’s oceans.

Episode One

Dolphin surveying
Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training:
Irish Whale & Dolphin Group:
RV Celtic Mist:
Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation:

Fish vocalisation
This research is funded by the Irish Research Council:

GMIT Marine and Freshwater Research Centre:…esearch-centre-mfrc

Malahide marina field laboratory
UCD Marine Biodiversity Ecology & Evolution Group:
Malahide field laboratory:

Micrplastics in the Sea:…lusher.html