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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.
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Thanks to Andy Craine for this lovely photo of Moonlight and Starlight in Peel bay on Sunday. This is the first photo we have seen of the resident pair since October and it is clear that Starlight has grown considerably but is still not yet adult size. If anyone else has any recent pictures of the pair over the last few months please drop us a message. Ideally we are looking for high quality DSLR photo's as mobile pictures/footage aren't usually good enough quality. With higher quality photos we should be able to see if Starlight still has any visible foetal folds (vertical pale lines on the skin from where she/he was curled up in the womb), publications from the Moray Firth (where mother Moonlight is from) state that some youngsters retain these folds for up to three years of age. Starlight is now 17 months old. Additionally, quality photo's of the dorsal fin may show us whether Starlight has any distinguishable cuts or scars on the dorsal fin. ... See MoreSee Less

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*Seeking images* Our resident bottlenose dolphins Moonlight and Starlight have been very active recently, they visited Peel for 6 consecutive days from Tuesday 16th and this morning they popped up in Ramsey bay. They have been extremely close to shore and putting on quite impressive displays. We have seen virtually no good quality images of the pair since October last year, which is due to the weather and time of year. If anyone has DSLR photo's of these dolphins between October and now please can you get in touch. These images may be really useful in establishing how Starlight has developed in the last 5 months. Thank you ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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Moonlight and Starlight paying a quick visit to Peel Bay on a lovely Sunday afternoon! Always worth a look out when it's calm 🐬 ... See MoreSee Less

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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
22/02/2021 11:50 Harbour Porpoise 1 6

Laxey Bay Marine Nature Reserve

David Bellamy & Robert Fisher
22/02/2021 08:45 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 90

Dog Mills-Ramsey-Dog Mills

Sue Corrin plus others
21/02/2021 16:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 10

Peel bay- by bowling green

MWDW
20/02/2021 08:30 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 20

Peel bay- by the groyne

Many
17/02/2021 17:50 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 10

Peel bay

Vicky and Andy Walsmley
16/02/2021 13:55 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 20

Peel bay-headlands

Malcolm, Jorden Hurst

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