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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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Our resident bottlenose dolphin mother and calf

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We had a great Sea Watch yesterday and saw a small basking shark incredibly close in. It was so close you had to be right near the edge to see it. It was first seen by us at 13:50 to the right of the sound. It headed in port erin direction but returned to feed in a circle just around the corner from our survey area. Lots of people had good views from the path just over the stile. If anyone has any footage or photos of this shark could you post it in comments please. I was too busy showing it to people to take any pictures. I think at one point we had about 50 people down for the event ... See MoreSee Less
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We had a wonderful ocean craft session on Friday making marine picture frames! We are fully booked for this week but have spaces on all other remaining sessions through the summer hols. See the facebook event for all details and number to txt in order to book. Please don't book via facebook message as we don't get notifications. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch
Short-beaked common dolphin taken by Jane Young, August 2022 off the west of the Isle of Man ... See MoreSee Less
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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
11/08/2022 20:10 Harbour Porpoise 2 40

From Ballaghennie beach

Di Swayne
11/08/2022 20:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 2 45

Peel castle

Mark
11/08/2022 19:25 Common Dolphin 1 15

Laxey bay

Shane Stigant
11/08/2022 11:15 Common Dolphin 25 20

2m west of Bradda Head

jane young
11/08/2022 10:30 Minke Whale 1 10

2m west of Niarbyl

jane young
11/08/2022 10:15 Harbour Porpoise 35 90

1.5m off coast from Glen Maye to Bradda Head

jane young

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