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"Since the end of May, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s community sightings network has received reports of an incredible 82 Basking Shark sightings! Two separate reports came in on the 3rd of June, one at Stoerhead Lighthouse, the other from near Milton, Tiree. Another shark was spotted two days later in the same area, with another in the sound of Jura and Inverlussa on the same day. 2 were spotted together in the sound of Mull on the 4th June and another individual was seen on the 5th near Mannal, Tiree, followed by another 3 separate sightings from the same area, the next day.
The 7th was even busier, with 3 sighting reports: one of 2 individuals and another 2 sightings of 3 individuals – all once again around Tiree. 2 sightings were reported on the 11th June: the first, a single shark near Holoman Island in the sound of Raasay, and the second was another report of a single individual, this time near Coll.
The 13th June saw a report of a sighting in the final approach to the Craignure ferry terminal, on the Isle of Mull. More widespread sightings were recorded on the 14th June from Stoerhead Lighthouse, from Gunna Sound and at Hawes Bank (between Tiree and Barra); where 3 sharks were reported together. Another Tiree sighting was reported on the 16th June, this time at Gott Bay. A single individual was seen at Carnaburg on the 19th, another at Faraid Head near Durness; but it was on the 25th of June that we received this month’s single report of a large school, with an estimated 52 individuals seen together near Hynish Isle, once again near the region’s hotspot, Tiree."
*Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust