23 May 2013

Basking Shark Hotspot - Isle of Man

Basking Shark © Manx Basking Shark Watch.
Haley Dolton, from the Manx Wildlife Trust has kindly written a blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date on all the latest Basking Shark sightings from the Isle of Man hotspot. 

"The basking shark season has well and truly begun on the Isle of Man! The first sharks were spotted by the public on the 14th of May and have continued to be seen up to the 19th of May. 

Sightings have been reported from the traditional basking shark hotspots of Peel, Niarbyl, Bradda Head and Port Erin. Schools of four individuals have been observed on a couple of occasions enjoying the rich, Manx plankton. This is interesting, as sightings of larger schools will hopefully mean we will observe some interesting behaviour between individuals this year.

A boat survey was carried out onboard Girl Pat with Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch on the 19th of May and a 6-7m basking shark was spotted! It swam directly underneath the boat, displaying its massive size very effectively against our small boat.

The finishing touches are being made to the Manx Basking Shark Watch boat, Happy Jack, and we should be in the water very soon deploying the 10 tags we have this year!