Sighting Details

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Reporter's name:
Paul Barlow
Observer Activity:
On a Boat
Total number of sightings by Paul Barlow:
390
Date Time Location Behavior
23/05/2019 14:11 Approx 8 miles north of Peel Tight circling

Number and size of sharks

total <2m 2-4m 4-6m 6-8m >8m
1 1

Distance from animals

5 metres

Shark Details

Strangest Basking Shark sighting I've ever seen. Shark appeared directly below the boat coming from the depths and never surfaced. It stayed approx 15 ft below the boat for around 15-20 minutes as I drifted along at about 1 knot. Very large shark, close to twice my 19ft boat, pectoral fin almost as wide as the boat. On reviewing the sonar log from the fishing trip discovered there was another shark with it which just stayed out of sight.

Environment Details

Zero wind, sea like a mirror, water extremely clear, no plankton.

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