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The Basking Sharks are Off Cornwall and Tagged Sharks are off the Irish Coast: Here Next?

We expect our first basking sharks in Manx waters in the next week or so. I am scanning the seas at the moment. A large group  of basking sharks has been seen off Cornwall see- http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/conservationists-rejoice-as-cornwall-is-awash-with-basking-sharks-9346820.html Also, some of the basking tagged by Dr Matt Witt's team, in Scottish waters, last summer have returned from southern waters and are off the Irish coast. See the following links to see maps of where 4 of his tagged sharks are WOMBLE is in the Celtic Deep http://www.s...

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French Film Crew

We are very pleased to have a special film crew here from France. They are contributing to a film about marine wildlife that has been 5 years in the making. They are staying here for about 10 days. Mal Kelly is taking them out in his boat Fiollan Beg. They have had some wonderful encounters so far. We look forward to seeing some of the footage. Some of their stunning previous productions are "Le Peuple Migrateur' about migratory birds, Himalaya and Microcosms. see more on www.studiocanal.com

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More Excitement about Scottish-Tagged Basking Sharks Going South

More Excitement about Scottish-Tagged Basking Sharks Going South As you can see if you go to http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=839 some more of the basking sharks that have been tagged by Dr Matt Witt and his team have surface way sown south off France, Spain and Portugal. This is presenting a very interesting picture of how these basking sharks that feed in Scottish surface waters in the summer, use European seas in the winter and spring months.  

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Irish Video of Fin-Mounted Camera on a Basking Shark

Have a look at this excellent video from Emmett Johnston's group in Ireland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hrYBSlD-7s

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Update on Basking Sharks Tagged in Scotland: One off France, One off Portugal

More and more exciting! It's looking more like last years pattern every day. Local schools, some long-distance travelling. See http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=839

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Great White Shark’s Epic Ocean Trek

Scientists have tagged a great white shark that has nearly crossed the Atlantic from Florida, she is heading this way! They have put several tags on her including a SPOT tag like the ones that we use. We do not have to catch the basking sharks to do this, as they do the great whites. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26467037

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BEACH CLEAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN FIND BASKING SHARK TAG ON WELSH BEACH

Excellent and surprising things happen sometimes. In this case the urgent need to clean up all the plastic rubbish from our beaches has met with another urgent conservation need, to find out more about our endangered basking sharks. On the 15th July 2009 the Manx Basking Shark Watch research team put an archival MK10 PAT tag on a beautiful 7m long female basking shark who was nick-named Ami by her sponsors, Tower Insurance of Douglas. Ami had recently been engaged in a romantic tryst with a male shark we named Romeo. She carried her tag until September, staying very ...

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Fricassonce’s Tag is Found!

I am delighted to report that Fricassonce’s satellite tag has been found near Ravenglass by Emma Jackson. Her mother Gill said “It gave her a real buzz to find it, the tag was found on our caravan park because we live next to the Irish Sea and we had a big storm on the 3rd of January 2014 which flooded our caravan park. My husband John was clearing the large piles of seaweed that had washed onto our site when he found the tag.” Luckily Emma realized that it was something special, saw the address on the tag and contacted Wildlife Computers in America. They told ...

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Third Satellite-Tagged British Basking Shark Travels Down African Coast

A few months ago we had no satellite tagging evidence that the basking sharks seen in British waters might travel to African waters, now we have evidence from three animals tagged by 2 research groups. Last summer a basking shark was tagged off the Northwest coast of Scotland by Dr Matt Witt's team. It was soon apparent that it was travelling down the African coast (see http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=753 for latest map). Now news has broken that one satellite tagged by Emmett Johnson's team from Ireland has taken a similar route. We DO live in ...

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