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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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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch

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After a day of staring at the computer screen I decided it was time for a little walk to stretch my legs and get a blast of sea air. I'm very fortunate to live just a few steps from this view in Peel, and the moment I caught sight of the sea I spotted the recognisable shape of a bottlenose dolphin fin breaking the surface in the middle of the bay! I saw it for a few more minutes as I walked along the prom and then it was gone. Nature provided just the pick me up I needed!
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This weekend would have seen the arrival of our 2020 Dolphineers who were due to be with us for 6 months. We are very sorry that Tom, Freya, Amy and Simone are no longer able to join us, and we sincerely hope to work with you in the near future. As this year marks 10 years of working alongside Dolphineers, we wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for all your hard-work and dedication over the past decade. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you. Here are some photo's starting with 2010. Just updated the post, pretty sure we have everyone now!
Please also take the time to read though our Diary of a Dolphineer (link in comments) which begun in 2014. It makes for interesting, if not, entertaining reading.
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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
01/04/2020 18:40 Bottlenose Dolphin 1 5

Peel Bay

Bryony
31/03/2020 17:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 40 10

6 miles off Douglas

Ben My Chree
26/03/2020 15:40 Harbour Porpoise 2 5

Peel Castle

Karen Gadsby
26/03/2020 14:30 Bottlenose Dolphin 10 70

Onchan head to Marine Drive

James Robertson, Ros
26/03/2020 13:30 Bottlenose Dolphin 5 65

Fort Island

Ali, Fiona Edwards
19/03/2020 15:30 Harbour Porpoise 2 5

Fort island

Liz Charter

Diary of a Dolphineer

Online blog written by our summer interns each year

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