Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bottlenose dolphins: Large pod sighted in Manx waters

A pod of more than 100 bottlenose dolphins has been spotted off the coast of the Isle of Man, according to the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.

The group has received numerous sightings of the dolphins from both the east and west coasts of the island.

Tom Felce, of the group, said: "They are a magnificent sight."

Common bottlenose dolphins are widespread, except in polar waters. They are extremely sociable and sometimes hunt their prey in teams.

The dolphins normally visit Manx waters between October and March to feed on herring, mackerel and whiting.

Mr Felce added: "The group sizes tend to be relatively ginormous. So if they are here you can't miss them.

'Extraordinary creatures'

"They are very, very active and create a huge amount of white water. They leap all over the place. So sightings will be magnificent.

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