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!
Rory Goodall, from Elemental Tours in Penzance, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date with all the latest Basking Shark sightings in Cornwall.
"Basking Sharks are still being seen in good numbers around the west coast of Cornwall over the last week, with groups of up to 6 sharks spotted. We also saw approximately 20 sharks over a 5 mile stretch of coast on just one day – all 7-9m in length! On the south coast we’re still seeing lots of smaller sharks, 2-3m long in smaller groups, usually in two’s and three’s. The sea still seems to be very productive – the sharks are not usually still around in these numbers. All around our patch we’re still seeing lots of jellies, plankton and ocean sunfish in the same vicinity as the sharks, and in some areas we’re seeing Minkes and Common Dolphins as well. There have been some cases of harassment of the Basking Sharks, especially along the coast around Sennen Cove, so please make sure you stick to the Shark Trust Code of Conduct. Nevertheless, what a great season we’re having – long may it continue!"