Hi everyone, after a fairly dismal few months of marine mammal sightings, at least for the Isle of Man, things are finally starting to look up, with our first sighting of what is my favourite Manx dolphin species, the Risso’s dolphin. The group was reported to us by Hannah Curtis, from just south of Port Soderick at 16:15 and she described a group of six animals, including some junveniles, travelling slowly to the south. We caught up with the group at Port Grenaugh and watched them for about thirty minutes. These individuals were unmistakeably Risso’s, as they had huge amounts of scarring over their bodies and dorsal fins, making them almost white in colour. This is typical of the species, with younger individuals appearing darker grey.
On 13th January, a humpback whale was spotted and photographed at Cranstal, near the Point of Ayre and reported to