17 August 2012

Basking Shark Hotspot - Cornwall

Image © Rory Goodall.
Rory Goodall, from Elemental Tours in Penzancehas 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