BASKING SHARKS UPGRADED ON IUCN RED LIST FROM VULNERABLE TO ENDANGERED IN NORTH EAST ATLANTIC:
This sad news doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who study these amazing creatures. We have seen very, very few basking sharks in Manx waters over the last 3 summers. This may be because-
1: They are accidentally caught in fishing nets.
2: The sea has warmed so much that their preferred food species are thriving further North.
3: Sharks don’t like any electrical signals and we have huge electricity cables in the Irish Sea.
4: The sharks are faced with huge arrays of wind farms in the Irish Sea.