Humpback whale seen off the Manx coastline

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A rarely seen Humpback whale was spotted on 4th August travelling from Niarbyl to the Calf of Man, where it was photographed by holidaymaker Andrew McGonnell who saw the animal from the coastline at The Sound. The whale was seen leaping clear of the surface, blowing ‘bushy’ spouts of water, holding its white pectoral fins in the air and displaying tail fluke before diving- all key characteristics of the species.  This is the 4th confirmed sighting of a Humpback whale in Manx waters since Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch began studying cetaceans in 2006.

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