Sighting Details

Reporter's name:
Jackie Hall
Observer Activity:
On a Boat
Total number of sightings by Jackie Hall:
Date Time Location Behavior
20/05/2019 16:29 0.6km SW of tip of Calf Swimming

Number and size of sharks

total <2m 2-4m 4-6m 6-8m >8m
1 1

Distance from animals

101 metres

Shark Details

This shark was observed from the Manx Basking Shark Watch research boat Happy Jack. We didn't get close to the animal because it was not showing at the surface for very long. It kept on surfacing, submerging and surfacing again, like early season sharks tend to do. It was about 6m long, swimming in moderate seas with the dorsal and tail fins showing. I was pleased with the distant photos I took against the Drinking Dragon and the Burroo Rock behind.

Environment Details

Water choppy and cool for a basking shark (10.3 degrees C). There was visible plankton in the water but very little of it was zooplankton (animal plankton). Having said this, the water was warmer (up to 11.3 degrees C) on the Port Erin side of the Sound and we saw 3 wonderful half-metre wide barrel jellyfish there.