A PAPER IN NATURE! ‘Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic’.
At long, long, last after many years of many scientists working together to find out where basking sharks spend their time, especially where they go in the winter, this very prestigious scientific paper in the scientific journal ‘NATURE’ brings the work of many basking shark scientists to an exciting point.
Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW) has been putting satellite tags onto basking sharks since 2007 but it was only when we joined ranks with Dr Matt Witt’s team from Exeter University, with the Exeter team putting SPOT satellite tags onto basking sharks in Scottish waters and MBSW putting tags onto sharks in Manx waters that the broader picture started to emerge. Phil Doherty, Dr Witt’s PhD student, is lead author on the paper. Fantastic work everyone and thank you so much to everyone involved for letting MBSW be involved in this massive team effort. A special thanks also to all the MBSW and MWT volunteers who have helped with the basking shark research over the years and to the generous sponsors of our work, most notably The Manx Lottery Trust, DEFA and local businesses who sponsored tags. See the paper at