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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.

Moonlight & Starlight

Our resident dolphins

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Here is some fintastic footage of Moonlight and Starlight from the Ayres Visitor Centre on Saturday 12th June 2021- thanks to Steven Elkins at Go Green Isle of Man. This footage shows us Starlight's growth rate; at the age of 21 months you can see she is still significantly smaller than Moonlight and it will take her a good few years to reach adult size. This pair have been seen a lot over the last week, with sightings very close to shore including lobbing fish through the air in Peel bay. This method of hunting stuns the fish making them easier to consume. We have so much love for our resident dolphin duo. Please remember they came very close to shore and remain mindful of this when operating any form of vessel especially within Peel bay. It is always best (and very easy) to watch this pair from land. ... See MoreSee Less
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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
12/06/2021 20:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 15

Ayres Visitor Center
11/06/2021 10:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 420

Peel Bay

Roy Cripps, Ginni Keig and others
08/06/2021 18:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 10

Peel breakwater

Too many to mention
08/06/2021 12:25 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 10

Peel bay

Malcolm and Bernie
07/06/2021 10:30 Minke Whale 2 30

1.5. – 2 miles off contrary head

Jane Young
06/06/2021 15:30 Minke Whale 1 10

1 mile west of the Calf.

Robert Fisher

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