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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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First ever sighting of a Bowhead whale in Irish waters has been reported. Read full report here. www.iwdg.ie/news/?id=2631 ... See MoreSee Less

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It is so calm right now, especially on the west where we are in Peel. We have just come back from an hour's surveying at Niarbyl with no sightings which is surprising considering how calm it is. Has any one else spotted anything today? ... See MoreSee Less

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Our boat-based survey today took us offshore from Peel, down to the calf, back through the sound and back to Peel 2 miles out. Our first sighting was of 2 Harbour porpoise a few miles out of Peel, then we saw a Minke whale about 4 miles off Niarbyl!!! This is the first Minke sighting that we know of this year in Manx waters so it's really good to know they are returning to Manx waters on time. It was a Juvenile whale around 7 metres long, displaying foraging behaviour and travelling in a variable direction. it was a thrill to see and it was our Dolphineers' first ever Minke sighting. As we passed Chicken Lighthouse around the back of The Calf, we spotted lots of bird activity and diving Gannets so we went to take a look and spotted a pod of at least 8 Porpoise. They were really active and swimming at pace and we are pretty sure they were chasing fish. The wind had picked up on the east so we headed back through the sound and didn't have any further sightings on our return to Peel but we did take a close look at the nesting birds along Peel Hill and saw Guillemots, black guillemots, Fulmars and even a Puffin. Photos to come tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
29/05/2016 16:30 Minke Whale 1 3

Spanish Head, very close in.

Rick Taylor, Alex Taylor
29/05/2016 11:45 Harbour Porpoise 2 1

Middle of Port Soderick Bay

Pete Quirk
24/05/2016 15:05 Harbour Porpoise 2 50

SSE of the Sound

Sue Whittaker
24/05/2016 14:00 Harbour Porpoise 1 3

Bradda Head

Chris Burton
24/05/2016 13:00 Risso’s Dolphin 8 5

Langness

Terri Smith
24/05/2016 07:00 Risso’s Dolphin 3 30

Laxey bay

Shane Stigant

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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