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.
"Things have quietened down a bit, although we're still seeing ones and twos dotted around west Cornwall. Fingers crossed for a big resurgence in numbers in late September - early October, which has happened in previous years, occasionally in quite large numbers. Overall 2012 has been an exceptional year here in the Southwest, with Basking Sharks first sighted in March and still hanging around - hopefully for another few weeks yet!"