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.
"The Basking Shark season (as well as the motorbike season) has just kicked off on the Isle of Man! So far, a total of 43 sharks have been spotted around this beautiful island, with 36 sightings occurring from the 20th of May. This is a great start in terms of Basking Shark sightings and hopefully it will continue until the end of the season in August.
Hopefully the first trip on the Manx Basking Shark Watch boat, Happy Jack, will happen over the next couple days (weather permitting!) enabling surveys, tagging and DNA samples to be conducted. Together with Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, we have had a few trips out on the boat Girl Pat. On our first trip we spotted a 7m Basking Shark feeding off Chickens Rock. It also passed under our boat, giving us a great look at its gill arches and the gracefulness a shark of that size can display. We were also lucky enough to spot a 4m shark near Niarbyl on our second trip on Girl Pat. It was great to see these sharks up close and hopefully we will see plenty more on Happy Jack and from land!"