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.
"With the ongoing storms, every time one finishes we keep expecting the sharks to disappear, but they keep bouncing back again. In the last two weeks we've had sightings of up to 16 sharks grouped together, with other smaller groups of 3 - 5 individuals also seen. This has mainly been between Penzance and St Ives. We're keen to see how long the sharks will be around for as Autumn starts to draw in!"