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".

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

*The Shark Trust Basking Shark Project