We Have a Match

On 13th January 2012, Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch carried out a boat survey to capture some photo-identification (photo-ID) images of the bottlenose dolphins that have been sighted around Douglas Bay recently.

Following a successful survey, they posted some lovely images on the Manx Wildlife Trust’s facebook page. Having looked briefly at the photographs posted Sarah Perry, CBMWC’s science officer thought that she recognised at least one of the dolphins. Sure enough, having had checked CBMWC’s photo-ID catalogue, Sarah was able to identify a dolphin known as 056 which has been photographed regularly by our researchers since 2005 and was captured in the image below by Phil Hughes whilst on an all day survey with CBMWC on 1st July 2011.

Dolphin 056 fin by Phil Hughes of Friends of Cardigan Bay

Dolphin 056 fin by Phil Hughes of Friends of Cardigan Bay

Sarah has continued with this matching process and has now identified three dolphins in total, including a mother who was seen with her newborn calf last September. It’s very exciting to have information and evidence of where some of the Cardigan Bay dolphins are during the winter months and it shows how important it is to share information gathered about the wildlife found in our seas as we still have so much more to learn. We are now also working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust to see if any of the dolphin images they have match any individuals in our catalogue.

Many thanks to Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch and Manx Wildlife Trust for posting some of their photographs.

If you would like further information about CBMWC’s 2012 all day surveys, please contact us on 01545 560 032 or email info@cbmwc.org