Another summer on the Isle of Man has come to an end, which means it is time for us Dolphineers to write our final blog post. It’s been a crazy summer on the island, but boy did we have fun!
We’ve been so lucky to have experienced such amazing marine life – birds, basking sharks, seals, minke whales, Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoise, and even chunks of harbour porpoise (see one of our previous posts for more exciting details on that!) There is such diversity in the marine life found around the island – you’ll easily get lost staring at the sea for hours (which we did during our surveys!) You honestly don’t need to go far or pay loads of money to see whales and dolphins, just go down to the beach!
Working with the MWDW we were taught valuable skills in cetacean science, photo identification, data handling and processing, and public outreach. Not only did we get to contribute to the scientific research the charity does, but we also got involved in loads of public outreach events. These public events allowed us to share our passion of marine mammals with others, as well as meet amazing people who share our passion.
One of the exciting projects we worked on this summer was the relocation of the MWDW into a new office/shop on high street in Peel. We’ve spent the past two months painting, moving furniture, and decorating what will soon be the island’s first whale and dolphin visitor centre. We’re sad we won’t be able to see the final product… but get pumped because it’s going to look amazing!
Apart from work, we went on some amazing trips exploring the island with Tom, Jen, and Bryony. Some of our highlights were Glen Maye, Ballaglass Glen (with all the bluebells), and Glen Dhoon for Eloise’s birthday picnic on the beach. We also had the opportunity to go on several boat trips and experience seeing minke whales up close and personal!
One of our favourite periods this summer was during the TT. The island really came to life with people visiting from all over the world to experience the crazy motorcycle races. Bryony and Jen took us to one of the races, and we nearly had heart attacks watching the motorcycles zooming by less than 2m away from us!
Overall, it was an all-round fantastic summer (even if we didn’t get much of a tan) filled with plenty of amazing memories and new friends – shout out to the Creek for all the banter!
Thank you to Tom, Jen, and Bryony for having us! We’ll be back before you know it!
Eloïse and Eleanor