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!
Rory Goodall, from Elemental Tours in Penzance, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date with all the latest Basking Shark sightings in Cornwall.
"Sightings increased phenomenally around the Lands’ End area last week, with more than 40 sharks sighted! So far, this year has been incredibly unusual: usually a few sharks are spotted here in southwest Cornwall at the height of summer; however our peak-time for Baskers is late spring. This year our peak-time seems to have moved much further into the summer.
We are seeing lots of plankton in the water at the moment; at the same time a number of Leatherback Turtles have also been recorded. However by last Monday the Baskers were gone as the stormy conditions returned to the Southwest.
We’d never had a year like 2011, which was abysmal for Basking Shark sightings. However this year has been equally as extraordinary, due to the large number of sharks spotted. Long may it continue!"