When we arrived in Bay Fyne, just out of Port Erin Bay we heard that there were 2 basking sharks. First, we found a charming little shark of about 4m length but we thought it was smaller at first. The scientific team from the Manx Basking Shark Watch boat Happy Jack took a DNA sample that will be sent to Aberdeen University. This will help us to understand more about how the shark schools we get are related to one another and what the levels of genetic diversity are at present. Who knows, the geneticists may be able to tell us if this lovely little shark is related to the bigger 5.5m female we took a DNA swab from a little later. We should have some good photos but it will take a while to get them processed. Two basking shark passports in the bag equals a length estimate, DNA skin swab, gender identification from a pole camera image. We are a very happy team today!
About one hour before a Spring high tide. Not windy. Sunny. Some jellyfish
There are no images for this sighting.
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