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!
Annabelle Lowe from Atlantic Diver in Newquay, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date with all the latest Basking Shark sightings in Cornwall.
"A few days of long hot weather has bought much of the zooplankton close to the surface. Swarms of large Moon Jellyfish and Blue Jellyfish are now about 2m from the surface so we are intensely watching the water as we go about our dives and sea safaris, for that iconic fin breaking the surface…but no breaches seen yet. The sea is shimmering with large patches of scrummy plankton…it’s a dinner bell to all those Baskers out there…so hopefully any day now, as we are hearing of sightings of individual sharks coming in from our colleagues down West Cornwall. Come on Sharks!."