Whales and Dolphins
The Isle of Man is something of a hotspot for whales and dolphins – in fact it’s one of the best places in the British Isles to see them!
The Island welcomes these magnificent marine creatures throughout the year which often present themselves close to shore so visitors have a chance of seeing them in all their glory without even stepping off dry land.
Depending on when you visit you may be lucky enough to see harbour porpoise, which are the smallest cetacean to be found in Britain, or the rare Risso’s dolphins which are attracted to the deep waters off the Manx coast but can be seen within easy sight off shore especially on the eastern and southern coast.
Mighty killer whales have been sighted in Manx waters as have minke whales which are often spotted feeding on herring off the west coast in the summer.
There are never any guarantees that you will spot one of these magnificent marine creatures during your visit, but you’ll certainly have fun trying.
Typically most species will be present in the late spring, summer and autumn when the sea is at its calmest.
These fantastic marine animals can be spotted from the shore if you know where to look and when! Bulgham Bay in Laxey is a whale watching hotspot, bottlenose dolphins have been spotted in Doulgas Bay and harbor porpoises’ can often be found around Port St Mary, Niarbyl and the Calf of Man.
You can enhance your chances of seeing these spectacular creatures by taking an organised boat charter. Most of the operators are WISE accredited which means they have been verified as a wildlife safe operator and will respect these fantastic creatures in their natural environment.