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!
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.
"Despite the unseasonably cold sea temperatures for this time of year, MBSW have still been receiving basking shark sightings. On the last calm day (the 28th of May) we had 10 reports of basking sharks around the island!
MBSW’s research vessel, Happy Jack, is now in the water and on our test run of new equipment, we were lucky enough to have an encounter with a pod of risso dolphins! Unfortunately, they did not want to hang around, but we did get to see some impressive aerial displays.
Our new SPOT tags are programmed and ready to go, we just need some calm weather and of course, sharks!"