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Breaking News: Record Dolphin Sightings on Isle of Man 5 December 2008

A record number of over 150 Bottlenose dolphins frolicked across Douglas Bay on the Isle of Man yesterday, impressing large crowds of onlookers with their acrobatics. This was the biggest single group seen off the Island since records began.

The pod was stretched approximately a mile across the sea and half a mile wide, with many breaching clear of the water simultaneously. First spotted off Onchan Head at 11:30, they travelled across the whole of Douglas Bay and slowly headed south along the coast.

Whilst it is rare to see such a large pod of dolphins, it is not uncommon to spot dolphins on the Isle of Man. There were approximately 604 reported sightings of whales and dolphins during 2007 alone with 1,700 sightings of animals in total. Visitors to the Island can also expect to see basking sharks, seals and porpoises. Further information on whale and dolphin watching can be found on the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch website www.mwdw.net or contact John Galpin on 01624 844353.

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