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Canoeist shocked by 10ft basking sharks as they surface right in front of him


John Keggin was out kayaking with friends when he came across the plankton-eating monsters, which weigh around five tons and are often seen between May and July John Keggin was astounded when a 10ft basking shark surfaced right in front of him off Port Erin, Isle of Man.

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Tackling the new tree-top challenge

You need a head for heights for the Isle of Man’s latest outdoor adventure experience.

And the man behind Ape Mann Adventure Park, at South Barrule plantation, says that only a week after the opening of its high ropes course it’s already proving a big hit with residents and visitors alike.

Steve Salter invited […]

Castletown festival’s Picnic in the Park

The annual Picnic in the Park and Sports Day, organised by Castletown Festival committee, returns to Poulsom Park on Sunday, May 18.

The event begins at 1pm and this is a community afternoon with lots of attractions such as ‘Tootie the Tank Engine’ for children to ride on, plus a sports programme with 40 events.


Our dark skies capture attention of UK media

It follows the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council announcement the island is the best place to stargaze in the British Isles with 26 Dark Sky Discovery sites.

The Times, The Independent, The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph have all reported the story, including pictures by local photographer Ron Strathdee. […]

Record seal pup births on Calf of Man

The highest recorded number of seal pups have been born on the Calf of Man this year, according to the Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT).

Wildlife experts had predicted the “bumper year” for seal births after the first six were born a week earlier than expected in September.

Marine officer Eleanor Stone said […]

Release your inner Tarzan at the new Sure Ape Mann Adventure Park

Located in the heart of South Barrule plantation, the Sure Ape Mann Adventure Park has lots of exciting obstacles to tackle including zip wires, swings and scramble nets, as well as treetop trails and rope courses.

The park has been designed to be suitable for families, with child-friendly rope courses, off-road pedal go-karts, three zip […]

Bottlenose dolphins and basking sharks in Manx waters

A pod of around 30 bottlenose dolphins has been spotted off the south west coast of the Isle of Man, according to the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.

The large pod was sighted near Fleshwick Bay along with two adult basking sharks at 17:00 BST.

Tom Felce, from the group, said: “It is […]

Do you fancy Dinner with a Dolphin?

Join the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, for a ‘Dinner with a Dolphin’ event and help try to spot dolphins, basking sharks, seals, porpoises and whales.

Bring along your own picnic to have on the grass as we watch, or why not book yourself a table at the […]

Isle of Man whale sighting is ‘once in a lifetime’

The Minke whale was spotted near the Calf of Man near the south coast of the island

A close encounter with a minke whale near the south coast of the Isle of Man has been described by a marine expert as a “once in a lifetime” experience.

Eleanor Stone from the Manx […]