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.
"Unfortunately, since the 21st of June, we’ve had few baskers around the Isle of Man. This has been due to bad weather disturbing the stratification of zooplankton, meaning that any baskers still around the IOM will be feeding lower in the water.
Despite the lack of sharks, we have had two incredible encounters with cetaceans. On the 12th of July, a pod of risso dolphins (around 15 individuals) surrounded the boat. One came right up to the boat and had a lengthy look at both myself, and our skipper, Graham. The same individual then proceeded to breach out of the water 5 times!
On the 16th of July, we encountered around 10 adult minke whales and one juvenile. All were silhouetted by the sunset and again, they came very close and passed under our boat!
Hopefully, we will start to see some more sharks soon so we can deploy the rest of our SPOT tags and create more basking shark passports!"