Review | Ireland’s Blubber Book will Engage and Inspire Imaginations

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have just launched their brand new educational resource for primary school children –  ‘Ireland’s Blubber Book’.

Written by IWDG’s Sibéal Regan with some fintastic (couldn’t help myself!) cartoons by John Joyce, and now having reviewed it, Coast Monkey can surely say this excellent book will inspire a new generation of budding marine scientists, whale watchers and ocean champions.

IWDG Ireland’s Blubber Book

Ireland’s Blubber Book – A great introduction to whales, dolphins and the marine environment

The comprehensive and easy-to-use workbook is aimed at primary school kids aged between 9 -12 (though it’s a great introduction for any age group, young or old) and is available for teachers to use in classrooms, or for parents to use at home.

With 30 pages (plus 8 work sheets), it’s packed with fascinating facts and information about the amazing cetaceans that inhabit our waters as well as lots of fun and exciting activities to puzzle through and colour in. 

IWDG Ireland’s Blubber Book

Easy to read and thorougly enjoyable! Contains lots of amazing facts about some of the commonly spotted cetaceans in our seas

For nearly 30 years the IWDG have been dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Irish waters. Twenty-five species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been recorded in Irish waters and since 1991 Ireland has been declared a Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary, recognising the importance of these creatures. 

Part of the goal of the IWDG is to raise awareness of the issues facing cetaceans and engaging and educating younger people to ensure the protection of these magnificent creatures in the future. And the Blubber Book will most definitely grab and entice young learners to have a lifelong appreciation of the gentle giants of our seas and to get involved in the recording and protection of these creatures.

IWDG Ireland’s Blubber Book

Ireland’s blubber book would be a fine addition to any classroom – The book is filled with the gorgeous cartoons kindly donated by John Joyce

The beautifully simple diagrams and clear and concise descriptions make it easy to identify some of the most commonly spotted whales and dolphins. Readers will learn some key facts about the different species, how they eat, how they sleep, why whales are so big and many more exciting facts!

The book also explains the importance these giants have on our ocean ecosystem and the threats they face and our oceans face including pollution, overfishing and climate change.

IWDG Ireland’s Blubber Book Fun activities for kids to put their new knowledge to the test

Ireland’s Blubber Book is a fun and colourful dive into the world of these amazing marine mammals and our marine environment, and will no doubt engage and inspire the future caretakers of our oceans.  We highly recommend it!

To get your copy, visit 

Teachers can get a free copy of Ireland’s Blubber Book by contacting

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