29 July 2011

Basking Shark Hotspot - Ireland

Basking Shark © Mark Harding on the 26th June Inner Hebrides.
Lucy Hunt MSc., research scientist on the Irish Basking shark Project, updates us with the latest sightings in Co. Kerry, SW Ireland.

"Another shark tagged in Irish waters has been spotted off Scotland! A female shark tagged with white tag number 483 on the 28th of April 2011 off Tory island Co. Donegal was spotted on the 13th of July in Cliad Bay, near Isle of Coll, Scotland! Exciting news as this is our second re-sighting of an Irish shark in Scottish waters this year.

Few sharks are being spotted around the coastline but a small group have been around NW Donegal the past few days allowing research scientist Emmett Johnston to deploy TDR tags and collect more zooplankton samples to analyse predator prey relationships and understand the sharks movements better. Keep an eye out for Irish tagged sharks near you and please let us know if you have any sightings of our tagged sharks".

Websites:
* Irish Basking Shark Project Website
* Irish Basking Shark Project on Facebook
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The Shark Trust

*The Shark Trust Basking Shark Project

22 July 2011

Basking Shark Hotspot - France

Basking Shark © C. Hennache - APECS.
Marie HAMEON, volunteer from APECS, the French organization dedicated to the study and the conservation of Elasmobranchs, updates us with the latest basking shark sightings in Brittany, West of France.

"The season has begun early this year; about 50 sightings have been reported between the end of March and the beginning of May, mostly around the GlĂ©nan archipelago in south Brittany.  The months of May and June have been quite calm with only a few sightings, this is unusual as May and June period usually concentrate most of the south Brittany sightings.

On the 7th of April, our team managed to deploy a pop-up archival transmitting tag on a 7m male. Unfortunately, this satellite tag popped-off prematurely after 5 weeks of deployment. The shark was then on the continental slope in the northern Bay of Biscay. We are now working on the data collected via Argos system to reconstruct the most probable track of this shark and his diving profiles. These results will complete the information already gathered in the frame of a program developed in collaboration with the Manx Wildlife Trust and the Fundacion Malpelo in 2009. You can download the final report here

We hope that some more sightings will occur before the end of the summer. We have two other tags to deploy...
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Websites:
*The APECS Website
*The Shark Trust

08 July 2011

Basking Shark Hotspot - Ireland

Basking Shark © Mark Harding on the 26th June Inner Hebrides.
Lucy Hunt MSc., research scientist on the Irish Basking shark Project, updates us with the latest sightings in Co. Kerry, SW Ireland.

"We have our first international Basking Shark re-sighting using fin photo-ID.  It is the same tagged shark G209 which had a very well marked fin - a photo was taken from the surface by Mark Harding at the Inner Hebrides at the end of June!  We are looking forward to comparing our photo catalogue with other Basking Shark teams to see if the sharks seen here in Ireland are turning up elsewhere like our tagged shark from the Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry!! "

Websites:
* Irish Basking Shark Project Website
* Irish Basking Shark Project on Facebook
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The Shark Trust

01 July 2011

Basking Shark Hotspot - Scotland

Basking Shark © Ian Judd.

Sandra Koetter from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) keeps us up to date with sightings from the west coast of Scotland.

"The first sighting of the season was reported at the end of March off Tiree. Usually we do not see Basking Sharks until mid June so this sighting was highly unusual for us.

After the March sighting we did not hear any other reports until May. Three encounters have been reported within a space of four days. The areas where sharks have been seen were Isle of Iona, Coll and between Barra and Tiree. The rest of the month was fairly quiet and we started receiving sightings again in June.

Last year we received 43 sightings of Basking Sharks for June alone, this year however, we have only 10 sightings for June so far. The Isle of Coll is still one of the hotspots for encountering these animals with reports from various places on the island. Barra, Canna and Hyskeir Lighthouse (southern entrance of The Minch) are the other areas where Basking Sharks have been reported from
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Websites:
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Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust