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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
06/05/2016 14:00 Risso’s Dolphin 4 30

Marine Drive

Mike Craine/Nick Gordon
06/05/2016 13:38 Harbour Porpoise 2 1

South of The Sound

Sue Whittaker
06/05/2016 07:50 Risso’s Dolphin 3 5

Douglas Bay

Mandy Maynard Wise
05/05/2016 15:30 Risso’s Dolphin 3 20


Mike Craine
02/05/2016 17:15 Harbour Porpoise 1 5

Peel breakwater

Rachel Jackson
29/04/2016 10:52 Harbour Porpoise 3 5

East of the Calf

Bill Holgate

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