About Manx Basking Shark Watch

Discover the team at Manx Basking Shark Watch, how you can get involved and much much more …

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.

View how we create a basking shark passport, how you can help and of course meet the team by selecting from the menu opposite.

The Manx Basking Shark Watch is an independent charity/ not for Profit Company no 129498C Isle of Man Charity Number 1181. We are committed to studying and protecting basking sharks. Our web page contains a wealth of information about basking sharks and our research

Did You Know


basking sharks have been seen in Manx waters

Did You Know


basking sharks in Niarbyl Bay

We are commited to: raising public awareness and research into basking sharks.