31 August 2012

Basking Shark Hotspot - Scotland

Basking Shark © Ian Judd.
Jonny Adams, volunteer for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) keeps us up to date with sightings from the west coast of Scotland.
"Since the start of July a total of 64 encounters have been reported on our community sightings network (as of mid-August). The Isle of Coll and Tiree continue to be favoured feeding grounds for Basking Sharks and on a number of occasions large groups (in excess of 40 animals) have been sighted around the south coast of Tiree.

In mid-July tags were fitted onto eight Basking Sharks off Coll, Tiree, Hyskeir and Canna. The tags, which use satellites to record the sharks positions daily, have enabled us to follow their journey over the course of the last 30 days. Two of the sharks have spent the entire month feeding of the south-west coast of Tiree and were joined in the area at the start of August by two other sharks tagged north of Canna. A further two sharks tagged off Tiree have spent the month travelling north along the west coast of Western Isles. The remaining two animals tagged at Tiree have both left the area, one going east to Colonsay and the other going south where it is currently circling the north coast of Ireland.

If you’d like to find out more information about the project, please click here.

To keep up to date with the movements of the tagged Basking Sharks, please click here.

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust