Rare whale sightings due to 'Isle of Man herring numbers'

Killer whales There was an unconfirmed sighting of three killer whales near the south coast of the island on 29 June

Related Stories

A high volume of herring in Manx waters is thought to have attracted rare whales to the Manx coastline.

The Manx Whale and Dolphin watch said there were unconfirmed reports of three killer whales off the south coast and a fin whale during June.

There were also 12 sightings of minke whales and two of a humpback whale.

"We have heard from fisherman about the amount of herring which may help explain the unusual sightings this month," a spokesman said.

"Not only do we hardly ever hear of these species being seen in Manx waters but they have all been seen within two weeks of one another."

Other species spotted near the Isle of Man this summer include Risso's dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and short-beaked common dolphin.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Isle of Man



Min. Night 13 °C


  • Two sphinxes guarding the entrance to the tombTomb mystery

    Secrets of ancient burial site keep Greeks guessing

  • The chequeBig gamble

    How does it feel to bet £900,000 on the Scottish referendum?

  • Tattooed person using tabletRogue ink

    People who lost their jobs because of their tattoos

  • Deepika PadukoneBeauty and a tweet

    Bollywood cleavage row shows India's 'crass' side

  • Relief sculpture of MithrasRoman puzzle

    How to put London's mysterious underground temple back together

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.