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.
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. ‘