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Pool water to help Islands' dwindling supplies

Water from the National Sports Centre swimming pools is being made available this week to help preserve dwindling stocks in the Isle of Man's reservoirs.

A hosepipe ban came into force in the Island on 3 August following the recent prolonged spell of dry weather.

The Meteorological Office has also forecast only a moderate probability of normal rainfall over the next three months, meaning there is little chance of reservoirs being topped up in the near future.

A hosepipe ban came in to force on the Isle of Man on August 3rd Credit: pa

Up to one and a half million litres of water will be available from the competition and leisure pools at the NSC until 3pm on Friday 10 August. The swimming facilities closed on 4 August to enable work to start on a major upgrade.

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New species of frog named after Manchester three-year-old

Conservationist Andrew Gray's granddaughter Sylvia with the frog named in her honour. Credit: University of Manchester

One of the world’s most spectacular frogs has been identified as a new species after 20 years of painstaking research at The University of Manchester.

Amphibian conservationist Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, has named the creature Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, after his three-year-old granddaughter.

The large colourful tree frog has remained under the radar of zoologists for almost 100 years.

Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, was originally collected in Panama in 1925 but has been confused with the Splendid Tree Frog, Cruziohyla calcarifer, ever since.

Less than 50 specimens are known of that species and less than 150 specimens of Sylvia’s Tree Frog are recorded.

Andrew officially describes the frog as a separate species in the top zoological journal, Zootaxa.

“It’s remarkable that such a distinctive new species has remained undetected for such a long time.

“However, more importantly, this work highlights that an assessment of the conservation needs for each species is urgently required to ensure these amazing creatures are still around in another 100 years."

– Andrew Gray, The University of Manchester

“It’s a real privilege to be maintaining such rare frogs in our collection and supporting amphibian conservation around the planet.

“This multi-disciplined research highlights the importance of museum collections, where both live and historical specimens are aiding current taxonomy to make a real difference in shaping the future of wildlife conservation.”

– Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum

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WATCH: Pod of around 40 dolphins spotted near Isle of Man

A pod of around 40 dolphins have been spotted near the south of the Isle of Man.

Water sport and recreation group 7th Wave filmed this video of the creatures in Port Erin just after midday yesterday, who then came back between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

The group posted via Facebook, "From the surface I watched them swimming round their food source, making tighter and tighter circles, then the ones in the middle of the fray would breach or tail slap the water before the whole group would dive as one. They kept repeating the same pattern from Bradda Head to the middle of the bay to Traie Meanagh.

"I have never seen anything like it, never seen so many dolphins, never watched them hunting.... and all of this happened on our doorstep, in our bay!"

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