Your Basking Shark Stories
Your Basking Shark Stories from the Isle of Man.
This section is for YOU. We welcome stories about your Isle of Man basking shark experiences. Keep them short if you can. We would love to have stories from anyone who has had a basking shark experience. Whether you are an old basking shark hunter, or a nine year old on holiday, we would like you to share your stories with us on this website. Who knows, if we get enough we could make a book of them!
January 1, 2015
As you may have heard we, a group of English, Belgian and Dutch divers were very lucky to be able to swim with several basking sharks last Saturday. I even have been able to make some pictures, which is an achievement since I was ...more
December 30, 2014
By Ffinlo Wright.
On Wednesday the twenty seventh of May 2014, I was sailing at Port Erin and a basking shark came right in to the bay. I think it was young. It was very playful it chased me nearly the whole width of the bay. I could ...more
July 1, 2011
Whilst kayaking around Fleshwick bay I spotted two shark fins about one mile out. I was surfing the small waves and heading towards the sharks at a speed of about 5 to 6 knots when I heard what I thought was a breaking wave behind me. The ...more
July 6, 2008
Mal Kellys account of what he thinks might be a pair of mating basking sharks off Contrary Head, Peel, Isle of Man, July 6th 2008. Mal runs the boat Fiollan Beg out of Peel. Three or four pairs were in close courtship (nose to tail ...more
July 3, 2008
3rd July 2008 What a day for Basking Sharks, maybe it has something to do with the new moon. For the first time in a fortnight, the weather was really good for shark watching and we set up our telescope at about seven in the morning, A ...more
August 8, 2007
Pauline Oliver first told me about this so I (Jackie Hall)interviewed Martin Birch, skipper of the yawl Espaniola. Martin was sailing off Elby Point when, quite suddenly, 2 sharks appeared 3-4 yards away from the boat on his starboard ...more
July 20, 2007
Here is an account of the unusual basking shark behaviour witnessed on Friday 20th July 2007. Both occurrences happened towards the end of a vigil on 4 sharks (6 to 8 M) in the strand line area about 0.5 miles off Fleshwick. The sharks ...more
July 11, 2007
On the evening of Wednesday 11th July we took ourselves off to Fleshwick to see if we could spot any sharks. Having been there twice previously this summer and having had sightings on both occasions, we arrived at 7.45pm with high hopes - ...more
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