Basking shark season off to a slow start

Basking shark sightings are down this year (library picture supplied byManx Basking Shark Watch)

Basking shark sightings are down this year (library picture supplied byManx Basking Shark Watch)

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Higher than average sea temperatures could explain the slow start to this year’s basking shark season, according to analysts.

Despite a spell of settled weather and good visibility, even the most keen-eyed wildlife watchers have been looking out across curiously empty seas around the island.

Onboard the Manx Basking Shark Watch research vessel 'Happy Jack'

Onboard the Manx Basking Shark Watch research vessel 'Happy Jack'

Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW) co-ordinator Jackie Hall told the Examiner: ‘We’re now halfway through our season and we’ve had only 38 sighting reports, and never more than four sharks at a time. By this time last year we’d had 146. ‘

 

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