The winter Bottlenose are here

Hi everyone, as you can see, I am now back from my holidays and as expected, there has been a glut of amazing sightings of Bottlenose dolphins in our waters. The first such sighting was on the 23rd of October, of a group of around 60 to 70 individuals off Marine Drive (thanks to Mike Howland for reporting those) and there have been a number of sightings since, until as recently as November the 5th, when what was probably the same group was reported between Onchan and Port Soderick.

          This is a seemingly year on year pattern with Bottlenose dolphins in Manx waters, with groups of between 20 and 150 individuals being seen here throughout winter and into early spring. Last year, the north east of the island, particularly Ramsey Bay, seemed to be the preferred area for these dolphins, but they are a very mobile animal and hence can be seen all round the island. Although the weather is going to be fairly poor for the next few days, do keep looking, as such a big group of such a large dolphin (adults up to 4 metres in length and weighing half a tonne), creates an awful lot of white water when they move and they are always liable to leap, so spotting them is not that hard. As always, if you see this group of dolphins, or even a smaller group, please let me know on 330185 and keep reporting all sightings to the website. Please listen to Mann in the Wild on Thursday after the 6 ‘o clock news for more information about dolphins in Manx waters. Happy spotting!
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