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Dolphins staying off Manx coast

Dolphins off Manx coast
It is the largest group of dolphins recorded off the Manx coast

A "record" pod of about 150 bottlenose dolphins has been spotted again off the Isle of Man coast.

The group were seen off Onchan last week, before heading to Douglas Bay where they drew crowds.

The mammals were seen on Wednesday between Gansey and Port St Mary. An Isle of Man tourism spokesman said they were "obviously enjoying their stay".

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch (MWDW) said the group is the largest seen off the Manx coast.

He said it was "incredibly unusual" for dolphins to be spotted so frequently.

"Whilst it is rare to see such a large pod of dolphins, it is not uncommon to spot dolphins on the Isle of Man," he said.

"There were approximately 604 reported sightings of whales and dolphins during 2007 alone with 1,700 sightings of animals in total."

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