09 July 2012

Basking Shark Hotspot - Isle of Man

Basking Shark fin © Manx Basking Shark Watch
Basking Shark © Manx Basking Shark Watch.

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. 

"Since our great start in May, Basking Shark sightings for June have slowly decreased to only 13 sharks spotted this month.  This may be down to poor weather conditions pushing the plankton south and unfortunately for us, the sharks have followed.

The MBSW vessel, Happy Jack, has had two encounters with Basking Sharks (including one whilst filming with the BBC’s Countryfile). However, both sharks disappeared before any pictures or DNA samples could be taken. Despite the lack of Basking Shark sightings, MBSW have spotted Minke Whales and had an incredible encounter with approximately 10 Harbour Porpoises surrounding the boat.

The good news is that most of the sightings have occurred towards the end of this month, so hopefully it means the Basking Sharks are returning to Manx waters once again!