Founded in 2014 on the Ring of Kerry, in Waterville, Ireland, Sea Synergy is a research and interpretive center that aims to bring people and the marine environment together. The goal is to help the community to have a better overall understanding of Ireland’s marine biodiversity through interesting exhibits, fun workshops, and activities, in order to promote connection, appreciation, marine stewardship and conservation.
Sea Synergy collaborates with and promotes local marine activity providers such as sea sports centres, wildlife watching trips, boat tours and fishing trips. The Centre also supports wildlife charities such as Birdwatch Ireland and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.
Sea Synergy Awareness Centre
The interpretive centre holds some very rare whale and dolphin skulls and bones, models of fish, live animals in the tanks, a touch pool, an Irish marine life audio visual, exhibits on Irish whales and dolphins and lots more interactive displays for everyone to enjoy discovering Irelands fantastic marine life! A marine biologist is available to explain the amazing sea life found in the centre and in Irish waters.
Talks & presentations in the Centre include topics such as:
- Irish whales and dolphins
- What the sea means to me
- Shark tales
- Marine Creature Feature
- Being a marine biologist
- Offshore Ireland – what is out there?
Sea Synergy Activities
Sea Synergy provides fun and interesting activities for both kids and adults (the big kids!) to discover Irelands’ marine life and the importance of the sea in our daily lives. Nature connection is a key part of learning in all workshops. Sea Synergy is also involved in Coastwatch and Shore Thing surveys and Clean Coasts initiatives participating in beach cleans in which part of each workshop a 5 minute beach clean is undertaken to raise awareness of marine litter and help clear the beach of litter.
Activities and workshops include:
- Explore the Seashore & Rocky shore rambles beach workshops
- Marine Creature Feature workshop
- Beach Art & Litter Awareness workshop
- Discover Snorkelling courses
- Be a marine biologist for the day workshop
- Sea stars – guided beach walk @ night
Sea Synergy Research
Sea Synergy research began in 2015 with a volunteer crew taking seal surveys in the Bay of one of the haul-out sites in front of the village. Forty marine mammal surveys were then conducted aboard the Skellig Island tourist cruises, in which the over 300 animals documented included porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, rissos dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales. During this season a student from University of Miami undertook her Masters research with Sea Synergy and received an Honor’s degree on her marine mammal research. Flora and fauna surveys are also taken of a local lake and wetland area to create a nature trail. Litter surveys and beach clean ups are also underway.