Watching cetaceans from our coastline

Did you know the Isle of Man is one of the best places in the British Isles to observe whales, dolphins and porpoises from the coastline? The key spots outlined on the map can provide excellent opportunities to watch these animals behaving naturally in their environment. Animals will often come in extremely close to shore and can be observed with the naked eye.

Fancy a spot of watching?

Pack a picnic, sit by the coast and look for whales and dolphins, what a perfect day out. All places outlined in the map are easily accessible and The Sound and Niarbyl have lovely cafes with superb views over the sea. If you fancy a trip to try and spot some cetaceans, then there are a few important things to remember:

  • Try and go when the sea is calm as cetaceans can be difficult to see in choppy weather!
  • Take along one a printable A4 ID guide to help identify what you see
  • Take a pair of binoculars if you have them
  • Dress appropriately for the weather; warm clothes or plenty of sun-cream!
  • Look out for disturbances in the sea such as odd areas of white water as these may be caused by cetacean activity
  • Look out for bird activity especially diving gannets
  • Be patient and don’t be disappointed if you don’t see anything

Take a notebook and please REPORT EVERYTHING TO US! Try to report time and location of the sighting, the species if known and any behaviours seen. If you are unsure of anything, just take notes and drop us an email.