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.
"Since the last blog we have seen good numbers of Basking Sharks around West Cornwall, with plenty of Baskers also seen around the Lizard – Porthkerris Divers reported 7-8 sharks, mostly small, with one estimated at approximately 1.5m. Although the weather has changed back to the unsettled pattern we experienced throughout most of June and July, there are still a fair few sharks around. Last weekend NCI Coastwatch spotted an enormous Basking Shark, estimating its dorsal fin to be 1m high! A local fisherman also reported seeing the same shark, noting it was the largest he’d ever seen. The largest gathering of Baskers seen so far this year was on July 30th in the Whitesands Bay/Sennen area – with approximately 20 sharks counted. Until last week most sharks in West Cornwall had been spotted north of Lands End, but since then I’ve heard reports of 4 or 5 from the south coast of Cornwall and Devon. Lots of sightings are being sent through from the National Trust Mayon Cliff Lookout – a big thank-you to them!"