BASKING SHARKS: LOVE AND FAMILY.

This first epidose of 'Making Waves' from Rowan Henthorn and Arron Ibenes touches on love in the oceans. There's quite a bit about a new scientific paper about basking shark DNA and what it reveals about basking shark family relationships. Read the scientific paper they're talking about here-https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-58086-4.epdf?author_access_token=QHAahBLolYR__irGgdoYXtRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0MiQAx7ZB7bvuGSF-KS7xeNiJx4BroHAzv9YqMYU0DFHANTKzy2aPHIZ26rsn9eR04CwSf3L7d2tk3ohwWU7WS5lmU6RqFCoOy0tejaCSVQLA%3D%3D Hear the radio podcast here https://www.manx...

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New Study about Basking Sharks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49237808

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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  

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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

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FIRST BASKING SHARKS OF 2019!

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/

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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!

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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/

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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 ...

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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/  

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“DEREK’ THE BASKING SHARK’S SATELLITE TAG IS FOUND!

GREAT NEWS! Last night I got an exciting message from David Hall (no relation) in the far Northwest of Scotland. He had found a satellite tag from one of our sharks near Raffin on the Point of Stoer, Lochinver. He saw the writing on the tag's tail fin and realized that it was one of our basking shark tracking tags. David very kindly contacted me via the Manx Basking Shark Watch webpage. When we checked the SPOT tag’s number it turned out to be from a large male basking shark that we had tagged in 2016. We had nicknamed him ‘Derek’ after my father who was ...

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