Find out about basking sharks and manx basking shark watch

Every summer, from mid May to mid August, the Isle of Man is a basking shark hotspot, having particularly high densities of basking sharks compared to elsewhere in the British Isles.

Most basking shark sightings are reported within 1km of land along a 40km stretch of easily accessible coastline on the south and south western shores of the Island. When the seas are calm and the weather is settled and sunny, the plankton concentrates at the surface of the sea and the basking sharks feed on this plankton close inshore. You may even be lucky enough to see basking shark courtship activity close to shore.

We would like to thank all the photographers for allowing their photographs to be used on this site. Names of all photographers will be put on photographs soon.

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40 Km

stretch off the Southwest coast of the Isle of Man