Basking Sharks are Back
Basking Sharks Back in Town!!
Woohoo! We’ve seen our first arrival of the basking sharks back in the Hebrides for 2017!!!!!! Following on from some reports earlier in the week from the local fishermen, there was a very calm spell on Thursday evening so we zoomed out at 25knots as soon as we could!
It was a glorious evening, flat calm and sunny and perfect basking shark spotting conditions. We saw eagles, puffins, shearwaters and a variety of seabirds on the way out. In the deep water a number of Minke whales were seen feeding then a large (100+) pod of common dolphins! After another hour of searching we came across a loose group of basking sharks, and we counted at least 4! There were two larger and two smaller ones!
We sent up the drone, took some surface fin images and then kitted up to try and ID and confirm their sex underwater! Although we did find the first was a male, we thought the second was a female, they had some very inquisitive behaviour towards us in the water and not something they usually do! It's great to see them back and see below for a vlog on our first encounter with them this year! Check out the other parts of our website, about our shark science projects here, shark research trips you can be part of and our wildlife tours here.