24 August 2011

Basking Shark Hotspot - Scotland

Basking Shark © Ian Judd.
Sarah Erring, volunteer for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) keeps us up to date with sightings from the west coast of Scotland.

"During July there were 20 Basking Shark reports with 145 animals in total, almost half the number of those reported in 2010. The highest concentration of 20 Basking Sharks were sighted off Clabbach-Gallanach on the Isle of Coll on 1st July. The Isle of Coll (and adjacent Tiree) remains one of the Hebridean hotspots for Basking Sharks.

Mid-way through August and we have already had 201 sharks reported. On the 3rd August 53 Basking Sharks were reported at Muldoanich, just off the Isle of Barra. During the August period in 2010 over 380 animals were sighted, so the rise in sightings this month is encouraging news in comparison to the relatively low numbers recorded over the past few months."

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Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust