22 June 2012

Basking Shark Hotspot - Cornwall

Image © John Batten.
Jane Alcock, Project Coordinator for the Seaquest Basking Shark Project, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date on all the latest Basking Shark sightings from Cornwall. 

"The Cornwall Wildlife Trust Basking Shark Project - now in its fifth year - started on the 1st June and will run to the 31st August. During that time, our trained volunteers will carry out a scientific survey at Hella Point, close to Land’s End.

Hella Point is a rocky headland on a beautiful and wild part of the Cornish coast, popular with bird watchers, walkers and field researchers due to the incredible variety of marine life which can be seen. 
It overlooks a highly productive patch of sea, with lots of plankton during the spring, summer and early autumn months, and so lots of Basking Sharks.

Our volunteers survey during all daylight hours for three months of the project. The data they gather helps us to understand what is happening to the Basking Shark population within the county. Last year numbers were down sadly, but so far this year we’ve had consistent sightings, so we’re hoping that this is going to be a good year! We’ve even had reports of tiny 1.5 metre basking sharks, which are potentially juvenile sharks at birth, so we’re keeping a close look out for more!"