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Humpback Whale Spotted off Port Soderick 18 June 2008

A humpback whale was sighted close to shore on Monday 16 June at the southern end of Port Soderick Bay. A fisherman was surprised to see the tail of the massive animal rising high into the air, only 6 metres from his boat. The sighting was reported to Manx Whale & Dolphin Watch and more details can be found on the website .

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Manx Whale & Dolphin Watch and Manx Basking Shark Watch teams. The Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure is working closely with both groups and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to develop responsible whale watching as an activity for residents and visitors.

National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week runs from 21 to 29 June and there has never been a better time to go whale watching around the Manx coastline. Eight species of whales, dolphins and porpoises are considered to be regular visitors off the Isle of Man, including the relatively rare Risso’s Dolphin, the predatory Killer Whale and the resident Harbour Porpoise.

The ease of watching whales, dolphins and basking sharks from cliffs and beaches makes the Isle of Man a great location for whale watching. Local expert, John Galpin from Manx Whale & Dolphin Watch explained:

‘From a high vantage point such as a cliff, it is often possible to see far more than from a boat which sits at sea level. Land based whale watching also ensures that any negative impact on the marine animals being observed is totally avoided'

Minister for Tourism & Leisure, Mr Adrian Earnshaw MHK added: ‘

My department is working with DAFF and DoT to ensure that whale watching in Manx waters has minimal impact on the animals and their habitat and is a quality experience for visitors.’

Please report any sightings to the appropriate websites – whales and dolphins to and basking sharks to

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