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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 bottlenose dolphin mother and calf

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We are delighted to be receiving funding from Sea-Changers to run our public sea watches for the next two seasons! This funding will cover staff and petrol costs for 10 fortnightly sea watches in 2023 and a further 10 in 2024! It also allows us to purchase much-needed new camping chairs (to also be used for land-based surveys) and hi-viz jackets with MWDW logo. Our public sea watches are popular with tourists and locals all through the season and provide an excellent place for members of MWDW to meet up. We are absolutely thrilled to receive such recognition for these popular events, and we cannot wait to run them again come the spring! Thank you, Sea Changers! And thanks always to The Cafe at the Sound for having us 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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Just had a big suprise, looking through my December copy of the BBC Wildlife magazine. A huge thanks to Visit IOM for promoting the island as a hotspot for marine wildlife and for plugging the MWDW Visitor Centre so well. We really do appreciate this! ... See MoreSee Less
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Recent sightings in Manx waters

Date Time Species Total Duration Location Observer
18/01/2016 15:45 Harbour Porpoise 3 45

West of The Sound

Mike Craine
16/01/2016 15:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 100 70

Marine Drive

Stuart Perks, Gavin Carter
16/01/2016 10:30 Bottlenose Dolphin 20 90

Niarbyl to The Calf

The Wattersons, Martin Lambden and Sound Cafe
27/12/2015 11:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 6 5

Port Jack – Douglas lighthouse.

Shelley & Chris Kilpatrick
27/12/2015 09:37 Bottlenose Dolphin 4 10

Between Santon Gorge and Derbyhaven

27/12/2015 08:00 Bottlenose Dolphin 50 65

Bulgham bay – Douglas Bay

Shane Stigant

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