Hi everyone, having not had any sightings reported since the start of December, I was delighted to receive a phone call from Gez Sowrey reporting that she was in the process of watching alot of Bottlenose Dolphins at Cornaa. The sighting started with a group of around 30 or so individuals who were feeding off Cornaa. They got spooked by a pot fishing boat and so travelled quickly south. Having received the phone call, I then travelled quickly east from my hometown of Peel and just before I got to Laxey, I received two more phone calls almost simultaneously; one from Paul Quayle, reporting a group of about 15 individuals, milling off Dhoon and the other off Dave Reekie, reporting another group of around 15 individuals feeding off Baldrine. This was probably the same 30 or so dolphins reported by Gez half an hour beforehand at Cornaa. Gez at the same time also saw another group of around 40 or so individuals feeding off Cornaa, a total of 70 dolphins reported at the same time. Alas, by the time I finally arrived at Laxey, all of the dolphins had gone, as they had from Dhoon and Cornaa, presumeably having gone offshore. When I returned home later that afternoon, I was very surprised to receive a text from Simon Williams reporting Risso’s dolphins off Port St Mary, very unusual for this time of year, Risso’s normally being here between April and September. Luckily, the dolphins were also seen by Bob Taylor off his boat Gemini and he confirmed that they were indeed Risso’s dolphins. What an amazing day of dolphins sightings.
On 13th January, a humpback whale was spotted and photographed at Cranstal, near the Point of Ayre and reported to