New Basking Shark Posters to Print

The 2018 basking shark season is upon us. Please would you print one or more of these lovely basking shark posters, and put them up in your home, workplace or local shop or post office? The jpg image is an older poster but the new ones with the web link have the new iPhone app QR code on them. They were designed by Julie Parys. http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/news/posters-to-print/  

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“DEREK’ THE BASKING SHARK’S SATELLITE TAG IS FOUND!

GREAT NEWS! Last night I got an exciting message from David Hall (no relation) in the far Northwest of Scotland. He had found a satellite tag from one of our sharks near Raffin on the Point of Stoer, Lochinver. He saw the writing on the tag's tail fin and realized that it was one of our basking shark tracking tags. David very kindly contacted me via the Manx Basking Shark Watch webpage. When we checked the SPOT tag’s number it turned out to be from a large male basking shark that we had tagged in 2016. We had nicknamed him ‘Derek’ after my father who was ...

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Manx Basking Shark Watch 2017

This report outlines the activities of Manx Basking Shark Watch in 2017. This was not a good year for basking shark sightings as you wll see from the sightings reports but the Manx Basking Shark Watch research team still got some excellent results from the satellite tagging. Find out what happened to "Mae' a beautiful female basking shark we put a tag onto in 2017 and learn more about what happened to several other basking sharks who took their tags to some amazing places, Morocco, Norway, France, Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands! See 2017MBSWReport-locked

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GREAT NEWS: MAE’S TAG IS RETRIEVED AND MAE THE BASKING SHARK IS PROBABLY FINE!

Excellent news! Mae the 7.5m long female basking shark is very probably OK. The story unfolded in front of me last night after quite a lot of detective work that involved me bothering quite a lot of people! Particular thanks to Emmett! This fin photo is NOT of Mae's fin but it shows a large healthy basking shark (number 21 in the basking shark fin catalogue) who's dorsal fin shows evidence of having being temporarily caught in a net. It turns out that at about lunchtime on the 17th November 2017, Mae was swimming at about 100m depth in the Celtic Deep when she ...

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‘Mae’ the Basking Shark’s Tag in Irish Port

Last week, the tag belonging to 'Mae', a beautiful 7.5m long female basking shark we tagged this July signalled from the Celtic Deep, a known over-wintering basking shark hot-spot. Now her tag is signalling from Greencastle, a fishing port next to Lough Foyle, Co Donegal, Ireland. We hope that Mae is OK and that her tag has just been picked up by a fisherman. There is a £50 reward for return of the tag. We would dearly love to know what has happened to Mae. See more of the story as it unfolds on our Facebook page  mae-trimmed-video-with-gemini-p1040877https://www.faceb...

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Florida Breaks more Records and Pops up off Straights of Gibraltar

1: He keeps his tag on for 779 days. 2: He keeps on popping up off Morocco. 3: He's utilising a huge stretch of coastline of at least 3000km length. 4: Drone footage of his school gets to be seen on the BBC! FLOWRIDER, a huge male basking shark is well over 8m long but as big sharks do he had also 'bulked up'. He was in a large group of at least 20 basking sharks that visited Manx waters for a single day on 7th August 2015. The Manx Basking Shark Watch research team tagged 3 of them. In January 2016 Flowrider became the first basking shark satellite tagged in ...

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Juvenile Basking Sharks on BBC News Online

Craig Whally, a keen kayaker from the Isle of Man took some brilliant pictures of 3 young basking sharks of 3-4m length on Sunday 20th August 2017. His images are so good that the BBC story about them has gone Europe-wide. This is the second time in a month that Craig and his kayaker friend Shane Stigant have seen juvenile basking sharks in Fleshwick Bay, on the South West of the Isle of Man. Fleshwick is a known hotspot for basking sharks to feed in the summer months of mid-May to Mid to late August. Basking sharks are normally thought to be about 1.5-1.7m long when ...

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DEREK THE BASKING SHARK POPS HIS TAG IN NW SCOTLAND:

 Derek' a 7m long male basking shark, was tagged at 19:20 on August 14th 2016, about 4km NW off Fleshwick on the Isle of Man. His tag now appears to be off in the NW Scottish Isles. We are leaving the tag transmitting in the hope that someone may find his tag. When we tagged Derk he was with another male shark of about 5m length. We took skin slime samples to send to Dr Les Noble's team at Aberdeen University. Three days after we tagged him, on the 17th August, he had swum half way to Ireland and popped up to the surface for and hour and a half. He then spent some of ...

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Basking Shark in the Calf Sound Last Night!

Well done to Sue Whittaker and friends. They spotted an early-season basking shark in the Sound last night. Sue says "Seen for 3 mins then dissapeared when fast rib passed nearby.  Appeared again 20 mins later a lot further away (about 1500 m) watched for another 10 mins. Last seen heading towards back of Calf.  First spotted by friends Robin and Rhona then seen by Sue & Bill Whittaker." May this be the first of many seen in the Sound this season. Keep an eye on our Facebook page too as many basking shark enthusiasts post there. See https://www.facebook.com/ManxBa...

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THE 2017 BASKING SHARK SEASON IS STARTING!

I am delighted to say that we have had a trickle of basking shark sightings. Brian Maddrell watched one off Glen Maye Beach this evening (18th May) and one was reported 1km off Ramsey on the 14th. There were also rumours of a shark off Perwick last week and off the Sugarloaf last friday. Here's hoping for more shark sightings than last year!

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