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Summer Basking Sharks

So our last blog post was a few months ago…….oops! However we have a good excuse as we've been very busy out with the fishes in our peak season! We've had all sorts of exciting sightings such as a leatherback turtle to white-beaked dolphins. Common & bottlenose dolphins have made spectacular viewing and the common & grey seals making regular swim buddies. However the return of the basking sharks in good numbers to the hebrides was welcomed with up to 150 being counted in one day. Large aggregations of basking sharks have been feeding on thick zooplankton blooms with some days having 5 of more sharks in short successions hoovering past our swimmers. We've even had good breaching sightings including a very memorable one at sunset! Our science project which accompanies our trips is in full swing with lots of data being gathered along with images and video of the sharks. The weather has been challenging this summer but the wildlife and landscape more than make up for the lack of sunshine! More updates when we can catch our breath!!! See below for some of the images on our trips over the last while. We'll try and keep our social channels a little more regularly updated. [caption id="attachment_3292" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Basking, Shark, Cetorhinus, maximus, hebrides, coll, tireemull, tobermory, oban, swim, snorkel, dive, One of our swimmer clients in with a large shark[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3293" align="aligncenter" width="960"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean Approx 8m long shark, but you still need to look the right way to see it!!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3294" align="aligncenter" width="960"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean, underwater A nice underwater image from an unusual angle from our head guide, Luke Saddler[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3295" align="aligncenter" width="800"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean, mouth, gill, raker A feeding basking shark, mouth wide open! Trying to do an impression of our logo![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3296" align="aligncenter" width="960"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean, feeding, plankton, calanus, copepod, selfie Shane having some fun with a shark selfie![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3298" align="aligncenter" width="960"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean, breach, shark, largest, A basking shark breaching at sunset, one of our most spectacular encounters![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3297" align="aligncenter" width="960"]basking, shark, swim, snorkel, water, atlantic, tour, fin, dorsal, ocean, sunset, feeding, aggregation Another sunset shot from an amazing time with a large shark aggregation[/caption]      

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