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!
Annabelle Lowe from Atlantic Diver in Newquay, has kindly written this blog for the Shark Trust, keeping us up to date with all the latest Basking Shark sightings in Cornwall.
"The Basking Shark season has begun on the North Cornwall Coast, as the warmer, sunny Cornish days have bought a few patches of plankton to the surface. A small Basking Shark was reported by a commercial potting boat at 8 miles west of Newquay...feeding open mouthed, circling at the surface. News of other sightings from our Cornwall Marine Life Boat Operators Group are also coming in, with a total of 8 seen this past couple of weeks at Falmouth, Porth Kerris, Lands End, Newquay and Lundy.
We are spotting for further sharks as the gorgeous spring sunshine continues....with Tope, in particular, coming in during our deep sea fishing trips."