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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch is a charity based on the Isle of Man dedicated to the ongoing conservation of our local whale, dolphin and porpoise species, collectively known as cetaceans. We work year round conducting non-invasive research to monitor the health of the cetacean population and their habitat. We also work hard to raise public awareness of these animals which is a vital part to their ongoing conservation. 

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Diary of a Dolphineer

The daily life of a Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch volunteer 

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Here's a blast from the past from 2007 when BBC's Inside Out came to the island to talk to our founder John Galpin about how and why he set up Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch and his dreams for the future. www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3zBmvz5V74 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi everyone. Apologies for being quiet recently, we have been off island attending a course in QGIS; an extremely powerful computer software allowing us to produce distribution maps and so forth. We have a few to report from this week. It appears that Marine drive is the place to be at the moment with the following animals being seen: amazingly a Fin whale was spotted on Saturday 3-4 miles off the drive, there were also hundreds of diving Gannets on the scene. A Minke whale was seen on Tuesday by one of our local land-based observers, also among hundreds of Gannets and an Irish fishing boat catching Herring. Also on Tuesday 2 Risso's dolphins and 2 Harbour porpoise were spotted during a survey by another of our local observers. It's going to be mega windy tomorrow but it should calm down on Sunday and Monday looks decent with a south westerly wind so Marine Drive should be good enough to spotting things. It's always worth keeping a look out wherever you are along the coast as sightings are often down to sheer luck! ... See MoreSee Less

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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
17/09/2016 14:15 Fin Whale 1 30

3.5 miles SE of Toll Gate, Marine Drive

Mike Craine
06/09/2016 15:30 Harbour Porpoise 4 5

The Calf

Chris Burton shona boat trips
02/09/2016 19:05 Unidentified Small Cetacean 5 10

West of the Sound

Sue & Bill Whittaker
29/08/2016 14:50 Harbour Porpoise 2 5

The Sound

Carol Woodall
29/08/2016 14:36 Unidentified Small Cetacean 10 4

Langness

Tom Kneale
29/08/2016 12:10 Harbour Porpoise 3 2

Port St Mary

Sue Whittaker & Carol

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We would like to thank the following organisations for supporting our work through financial support and partnerships:

 

Special thanks to the Scheinberg Family