From May til late October Basking Sharks patrol UK and Irish waters, favouring marine areas with high productivity - in other words: lots of plankton! Around our coasts a number of broad geographical regions have gained prominence as Basker hotspots - including England's southwest, the Isle of Man, the west coast of Scotland and the north of Ireland.
Keep an eye on the Shark Trust Basking Shark Blog to keep up to date with all the latest sightings and information from each hotspot!
Annabelle Lowe from Atlantic Diver in Newquay, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date with all the latest Basking Shark sightings in Cornwall.
"Great excitement on Friday as Chris watched a 4m Basking Shark feed effortlessly at the surface just off Newquay in the bay. It had the typical hooked snout of a juvenile and the pics show just how bendy cartilage can be! We have been lucky enough to see hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, pods of Common Dolphins and, offshore, Bottlenose Dolphins. But the highlight was a Fin Whale on Saturday about 30 miles offshore. Looking forward to our Blue Shark cage diving expeditions this week :0) and loving the good weather."