59 results for author: Jackie Hall

A School of at Least 8 sharks on 15th May!

Hurray! The basking sharks are here! It's amazing how often they arrive in the middle of May. Derek Pitman drew us a cartoon about this many years ago. Here it is again! We've had a few basking shark sightings in the last week and the valuable data that you're sending into us shows us that there was a school of AT LEAST 8 basking sharks in Manx waters on the 15th May 2019. Please keep that data coming. Have a look at what we've had so far this year! https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-analysis/?date_from=01%2F05%2F2019&date_to=18%2F05%2F2019  

The ‘Early Brigade’ Sharks are here!

I'm absolutely delighted to report that there are one or two sharks (at least) surfacing around the south of the Island. Have a look at our sightings section. https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-analysis/?date_from=01%2F05%2F2019&date_to=14%2F05%2F2019


Thank you to Wayne Caley, skipper of Lynn Marie. This morning he sent in the FIRST certain sighting of 2019. TWO basking sharks 'hanging around' 2.5 miles South West of the Calf on Man. Please keep a look out and if you see basking shark please report it to our public sighting scheme on https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/report/

Basking Shark Spotted off the Calf Yesterday!

I have a verbal report of a large basking shark being spotted off the Calf Sound mid-afternoon yesterday. Hopefully that shark heralds the arrival of a while school. Please don't forget to report your basking shark sightings here!

More Basking Sharks at Last?

Excellent news! Yesterday (July 16th) at 13:00 , near Port St Mary, immediately due south of the Carrick. we had the first basking shark sighting since 10th June! See the report at https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-anal…/id3380/ Hopefully that means another basking shark school has arrived! See all this years sightings reports for this season at https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/sightings-analysis/

A NEW Way to Report Your Basking Shark Sightings!

TESTING, TESTING New App developed by Zac at 'Fuzzylogic Solutions' in Douglas: This is an exciting new way to report your basking shark sightings: Please would you test the new Android and Apple Apps? The link for Apple is https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecosourcer/id1082072674?ls=1&mt=8 The link for Android is  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fuzzelogicsolutions.ecosourcer Scan the QR code on these great adverts from Julie Parys. If you experience any problems with the App please let Zak from FuzzelogicSolutions know so that he can put it right. His email is info@ecosourcer.com. Please make the subject MBSW. ...

Special TT Visitors 2018: Basking Sharks Visit Isle of Man

There's nothing quite like a hot TT week to attract lots of exotic visitors from far flung places. Those of us who watch for basking sharks expect the first basking shark school to arrive in our South Western coastal seas in late May, normally about the 20th to the 24th of May so we were getting worried.....then they arrived, just a little late, on 1st June! We have a school of at least 7 large individuals, maybe many more, it's always hard to tell as, being fish that breath with gills, they don't have to come to the surface like whales and dolphins. They have been reported feeding at the surface off Niarbyl, Bradda Head, Port Erin Bay, Bay ...

SHARKS AHOY! First Basking Shark School of 2018 Arrives.

Basking shark off Niarbyl, Port Erin and the Sound today. One is 'Fanch' an 8m male tagged by APECS off the French coast. See our Facebook page for all the latest videos, photos links etc!


I've been asking this question myself and many people are asking me the question too. Well the short answer is that after the very cold winter the water (until the last day or so when it's gone up to 12 degrees C) has stayed a little cold for the zooplankton bloom to occur. We did get a report of one solitary basking shark in mid-May but I would 'normally' expect to see the first schools of basking sharks by now. Dr Kev Kennington of DEFA is our local plankton expert. He did a boat survey last week and found that the water off the East coat of the Isle of Man was a little warmer than that off the West coast. He saw small zooplankton species ...

New Basking Shark Posters to Print

The 2018 basking shark season is upon us. Please would you print one or more of these lovely basking shark posters, and put them up in your home, workplace or local shop or post office? The jpg image is an older poster but the new ones with the web link have the new iPhone app QR code on them. They were designed by Julie Parys. https://manxbaskingsharkwatch.org/news/posters-to-print/