|Underwater Basking Shark © Lionel Davoustk.|
Most encounters being with groups of 4 to 6 individuals. However, more numerous groups have been reported, such as one of 8 individuals on the 6th, far to the west of Oigh Sgeir (Hyskeir lighthouse). One of their favourite hotspots remains the Isle of Coll, particularly a group of low reefs and skerries to the east called the Cairns of Coll. Three groups of 6 animals were sighted in this area alone: on the 10th, 12th and 16th. Seeing these gentle giants of the sea surface peacefully in a glass-like sea under the silvery sky of Scotland always inspires a feeling of reverence, for scientists and wildlife lovers alike. We were lucky enough to witness several sightings and take a few good photos which will hopefully help the Shark Trust identify the animals.
*Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust