Hi supporters. I’m back for my February blog entry to keep you in the loop with our work. I don’t have many photos this time as I have mainly been stuck in the (very cold) office doing admin work for the charity.

Our key achievement this month has been our recent advertised membership push on Facebook which you may have seen popping up on your timelines. It has now been almost a year since we first released membership to Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch and with increased expenditure as the charity grows, the income from membership provides vital financial assistance. In just one week, our membership has grown by 27 and we have been overwhelmed with the response. Thank you to each and every one of you who has become a member, and for those wishing to do so, please visit our online shop via the link at the end of this post.

Last Tuesday I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning at the Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Industry Day, learning all about visitor trends last year and what is needed in 2017 to help increase tourism. We have some wonderful ideas in the pipeline, but you will have to watch this space to find our more over the coming month.

I have also been working with Mannin Media to produce some awesome ‘Spotters Guides’, the design is still being finalised but I thought I’d allow you a sneaky peak.

Our new Spotter's Guides

We have also been working with a fantastic video editor; Rhian Evans, who has been going through all our video footage to put together a series of beautiful videos showcasing each species. We will soon be adding them to the species pages on the website and our youtube channel, but for now you can view them on our Facebook page.

Sightings As you know (if you live on the island) the weather throughout February has been nothing short of appalling, hence there has been little in the way of sightings. However, there have been Bottlenose and Short-beaked common dolphins this month as well as Harbour porpoise. On 5th Feb a pod of 80 Bottlenose were seen between the Calf and Langness. The Common dolphins were seen by fishermen 5 miles off Peel on the 15th.

There was one really interesting report on 21st of a lone Bottlenose dolphin right inside Peel Bay, which is quite unheard of. It is likely that he just came for a look to see if there as any yummy fish about.

What to look out for in March This month, we should see the return of my favourite species: the Risso’s dolphins. In a typical year they are first spotted mid to late March close inshore on the east coast, with Marine drive being a hot-spot.  Last year, all our species were a little late arriving so it will be interesting to see if the Risso’s come back on time. Keep up to date with sightings info via Facebook and the recent sightings page.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading,

Jen