- Reporter's name:
- Jackie Hall
- Observer Activity:
- On a Boat
- Total number of sightings by Jackie Hall:
|09/06/2016||17:22||3.6km West of White Beach, Niarbyl, Isle of Man||Feeding|
Number and size of sharks
Distance from animals
We encountered 1 basking shark of about 4.5 m and 2 large males of 6m. We tagged Four Winns. He is a rather feisty 6 m long basking shark that the team on the Manx Basking Shark Watch boat 'Happy Jack' put a SPOT 6 satellite tag onto. He was off a very beautiful stretch of coastline near Niarbyl of West coat of the Isle of Man. He was in a loose feeding group of 3 basking sharks with another 5 nearby. We were alerted to the presence of these basking sharks by Phil and on the boat 'Four Winns', so we called the tagged shark after their boat. We like to know WHO we are tagging so we take a full 'Basking Shark Passport'. This includes HD photos of the sharks dorsal fin, a length estimate, a gender obtained by pole camera and a skin swab that is sent for DNA analysis by Dr Les Noble's team at Aberdeen University. The SPOT 6 satellite tag from Wildlife Computers was generously sponsored by the Manx Lottery Trust. Funds to support the research boat were generously given by DEFA (the Isle of Man's Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. Follow this shark by registering at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?project_id=1208
A little bit of zooplankton seen but the basking sharks were constantly feeding so they were finding enough to eat.
This shows the moment that Graham Hall of Manx Basking Shark Watch put the SPOT satellite tag on Four Winns. The tag may stay on for up to 2 years and it will let us know where he goes.
A great picture of the dorsal fin of Four Winns.
The other 6m shark after he had had his skin swab taken for DNA analysis.