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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch (MWDW) has been at the forefront of marine mammal science on the Isle of Man since 2006.
We work voluntarily year round to ensure the safeguarding of whales, dolphins, and porpoises (cetaceans) in Manx territorial waters through non-invasive research and public awareness efforts.

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Busy getting the centre ready to re-open hopefully within the next couple of weeks. Finally got round to touching up the paint work on our measuring chart. Yes Risso's and bottenose really can reach 4m in length ... See MoreSee Less

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First Minke whale of the season spotted tonight around 17 45 a couple miles off Niarbyl on a land-based survey. Also in the area 3 Harbour porpoise. Seen along with Jay Skillicorn ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful surveying again today. Sorry if you have been in touch to report and we havent got back to you yet. It takes some time to go through sightings and is best done on a windier day when we are at the computer. Lack of man power this year as we have no Dolphineers. Risso's, Bottlenose and porpoise around these last 2 days. No best area just look out wherever you are ... See MoreSee Less

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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
28/05/2020 13:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 15

Kirk Michael

Shaun Gelling
27/05/2020 17:45 Harbour Porpoise 4 10

South of Sugarloaf

Nina & Dermot Shimmin
27/05/2020 17:40 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 360

Point of Ayre to Peel to Glen Wyllin

Too many to mention
27/05/2020 10:40 Bottlenose Dolphin 40 30

Little Ness

Helen Rigby
27/05/2020 08:00 Harbour Porpoise 2 10


geoffrey rimmer
26/05/2020 17:10 Harbour Porpoise 1 2

Just south of Little Ness

Nina & Dermot Shimmin

Diary of a Dolphineer

Online blog written by our summer interns each year

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