A PAPER IN NATURE! ‘Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic’.

THE MYSTERY OF WHERE BASKING SHARKS GO IN THE WINTER IS FINALLY SOLVED BY A SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION INVOLVING MANX BASKING SHARK WATCH: 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 ...

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FOUR WINNS GOES TO THE FAROES!

So the very big male basking shark that we nick-named FOUR WINNS for the boat that kindly pointed him out to us, has popped up near the Faroe Islands. We tagged him on the 9th of June, 3km West of Niarbyl, in Manx waters. The next day his satellite tag told us that he was a little further North about 12km off Orrisdale on the Isle of Man. We didn't hear from him again until the 14th of August when he popped up very briefly just South of the Faroe Islands, having travelled nearly 800km as the crow flies. This is very exciting as this is the first tagged basking shark that ...

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First Basking Shark DNA Sample of the Year!

We were out on Happy Jack, the Manx Basking Shark Watch research boat yesterday. We found a beautiful 6m long shark, its dorsal fin almost completely undamaged. We did a full basking shark passport on it, HD dorsal fin photos left and right and a skin swab for DNA analysis at Aberdeen University. Thank you to Scott and Claire Pearce for being our volunteer crew and to to Anna and Adam for following safety instructions to the letter and for helping with the DNA processing. Please note that we have to have a scientific license from DEFA to conduct this scientific research.

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MISTER TAILOR’S SATELLITE TAG FOUND BY BEACHCOMBER IN LUCE BAY.

The Manx Basking Shark Watch/ Manx Wildlife Trust team put a satellite tag on a 5.5m male long basking shark that we nick-named Mister Tailor on June 8th 2013. His tagging is part of a project sponsored by the Manx Lottery Trust called "There's a basking shark on my phone". His satellite tag was sponsored by DONG Energy. We tagged him off the West coast of the Isle of Man. After feeding off the Manx coast for a while he then delighted us by heading north and feeding for a long time around the Scottish Island of Mull hence proving a link between the basking sharks that ...

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CELTIC SCUFF IS IN THE BRISTOL CHANNEL!

Celtic Scuff, is proving to be a very interesting basking shark to have tagged. We tagged him off the Isle of Man on 7th August and he spent a month feeding close inshore off the NW coast of the Isle of Man. This was a very interesting finding as we didn't realise that this was such an important feeding area. Then we didn't hear from him for a while, then he popped up in the Bristol Channel on 17th September 2 weeks after he left Manx water. Having satellite-tagged 29 basking shark in Manx waters we know to expect basking them to stay under all winter so we are ...

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Chris Packham Supports Manx Basking Shark Watch!

We are delighted that Chris Packham - naturalist, photographer, television presenter and author, of Springwatch and Autumnwatch fame - has been kind enough to support Manx Basking Shark Watch. Thank you Chris! "The basking shark is an extraordinary animal, an enigma, a creature which is still relatively little known in the 21st century. It's so important that we begin to understand more of its remarkable behaviour as quickly as possible, only then will we develop the ability to conserve it. I'd like to ask you to offer whatever support to can to Manx Basking Shark ...

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Basking shark called Celtic Scuff reveals important feeding area.

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Basking Shark Drawing for Kids to Colour in.

Are your kids bored at the end of the summer holidays? Give them this basking shark outline to colour in and send it to us by email if you'd like to see it on the Manx Basking Shark Watch website. KidsPoster

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DONG Megalodon Reveals Herself, Celtic Scuff Stays in Manx Waters

The 3 satellite SPOT tags that we put on basking sharks on the 7th August are working well. I am happy to report that DONG Megalodon, our 8m female, came to the surface halfway between the Isle of Man and Ireland. Flowrider's last reported position was that he was heading south. Celtic Scuff, on the other hand, has turned out to be a real 'Manx' basking shark since he was tagged. He has been feeding in a very small area off the north-west coast of the Isle of Man. This is great information in the struggle to get habitat usage information from a species that spends so much ...

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