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

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust