New Book ‘FEW and FAR BETWEEN’ by Charlie Elder Includes Our Manx Basking Sharks

Author Charlie Elder visited our basking sharks in 2014. His book 'FEW and FAR BETWEEN', about his search for rare British species, including our basking sharks, comes out on April 24th. See http://www.charlieelder.com/books.html

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King Orry’s Tag is Found!

Well done to all who were kind enough to search for King Orry's tag and most particular thanks to Mike Karpaty (pictured), who actually found it. See the story and pictures at https://www.facebook.com/ManxBaskingSharkWatch

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Basking Shark Research Assistants 2014

Rowan Henthorn and Jade McKinley have completed their induction training as part of the Manx Basking Shark Watch research team for 2014. Now all we need are some basking sharks! Although some basking sharks have been sighted the plankton that we are seeing is not what the basking sharks prefer to eat. Let's hope that the zooplankton situation improves soon before the sharks move off to find a better feeding spot! Photo is of Jade (left) and Rowan (right) on Happy Jack.

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A New Series ‘Ireland’s Ocean’: See Video Trailer

RTÉ are going to broadcast a new series 'Ireland's Ocean' from Sunday June 22nd at 6.30pm for four weeks. The first programme will be on dolphins and features the work of the IWDG and Celtic Mist. RTÉ are really getting behind it and momentum seems to be building, a trailer which has been running since last weekend https://vimeo.com/user28957796/videos Please pass and encourage peole to watch show RTE commission more programmes on whales and dolphins in the future. RTE PRESS RELEASE PROGRAMME 1 – DOLPHINS There are 27,000 common dolphins living in Irish ...

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Manx Basking Shark Season Well Under Way + An Irish Video to Whet Your Appetite.

Well, the basking sharks are here, but not in great numbers. There have been sightings all along the coast in the usual hot-spots, the largest number reported as being seen at once was 4 off Peel. Also, have a look a this brilliant video taken in Cork, Ireland this May. I want one of those! <iframe frameborder="0" width="480" height="270" src="//www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x1yohzy" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1yohzy_basking-sharks-off-irish-coast_fun" target="_blank">Basking Sharks Off ...

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Mr Tailor on the Surface in Cardigan Bay!

We now know where Mr Tailor is, a couple of days ago he surfaced about 30km south of Bardsey Island, in Cardigan Bay, off the Welsh coat. This is excellent news as we know that his tag is still on and functioning well. It should still have plenty of battery power left so, hopefully, when he comes to the surface more over the next couple of months, we should get some good locations for him. See the map below for his position on the 25th May 2014.

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Mr Tailor Is on the Surface: But WHERE?

Mr Tailor, a 5.5m long male basking shark we satellite tagged on the 8th of June 2013, has just given us tantalising evidence that he is feeding very near the surface. We tagged him off Peel on the Isle of Man on with a SPOT tag donated by DONG Energy. See a video of him just after he was tagged here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zc4NVtJm3s&feature=youtu.be He travelled from Manx waters up to NW Scotland. We have had excellent data from him and we know that he fed on the surface off the Isle of Man for some time before sinking beneath the waves and re-appea...

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Basking Sharks Spotted off Derbyhaven and Glen Maye/ Dalby

Excellent! We now have a minimum of 2 basking sharks as one has been spotted off Derbyhaven 2 days running and we have multiple reports of a basking shark in the Niarbyl/ Dalby/ Glen Maye are. SO, we either have 2 sharks total or 2 up at any one time and lots lurking underneath just waiting for some sunnier weather to bring their food, the zooplankton, to the surface where we can watch the sharks feeding on them. Fingers crossed for a great basking shark season! Great photo of the Derbyhaven basking shark from Peter Christian.  

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First Basking Shark of 2014 Spotted off Niarbyl on May 19th!

I am delighted to report that Jen Adams of The Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch spotted the first basking shark of the year off Niarbyl on 19th May at 11:00. It was 1.5km offshore and they watched it for 40 minutes. May there be many more!

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Basking Sharks here any day soon?

This time last year we had started the first early flush of basking sharks and, given the warm sunny weather we've had for the last few days I would have expected them to have started popping up to the surface this week. No reports yet but let's all keep looking! They should be here soon.

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