Recording Marine Life


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Records of Cetorhinus maximus

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Recorded by
1 2002-09-14 Oigh-sgeir
East cost of Oigh-sgeir near Skye, 56:57:29N, 6:41:23W
Animal approx. 5m long. Feeding at the surface close to the shoreline of the reef. Jim Anderson
2 2002-07-18
Off Ballyquintin Point, Co. Down
Two large basking shark feeding - the first in water 17m deep and water temperature of 13.3C. Second shark in water 21m deep and 12.8 C. Associated jellyfish approx 1m below surface, mainly Lion's Main (cyanea capillata). Gary Burrows
1 2002-09-16
West Kyle, Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute (just north of Arran)
Irene Johnstone
1 2002-09-14
West Kyle, Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute (just north of Arran)
Irene Johnstone
1 2002-07-20
Off Whitehead, Co. Antrim.
Large male basking shark feeding along front of cold inshore and warmer offshore currents. Water depth 113m and water temp. 13.2C. Approximately 9 metres in length. Gary Burrows
1 2002-08-28
2 Miles west of Barmouth, Gwynedd.
12 ft long Peter Redhead
5-6 2002-08
Within 1/2 mile of Portmeor beach St Ives Bay
One about 10m long David Stamp
3 2001-08-19
SE of Lundy
One small, others c. 6m. One with tear in dorsal fin, other with tear in tail (no photos). Keith Hiscock
2 2002-05-08
Within 1/2 mile of Porthmeor beach St Ives Bay
1 about 3m long the other about 4m long David Stamp
9 2001-07-03
0.5 mile due South of Bolt Head near Salcombe
Appeared to be playing (short video available) Gillian Sendell
1 2001-06-12
Near Lifeboat launch, Mother Iveys Bay, Cornwall,
Appeared to fully grown, was spotted slowly following the coastline very close to land. Conditions were clear and calm. Paul Kelway
1 2001-07-27
Eight miles west of Irvine Harbour, Firth of Clyde
evening, little wind, good conditions Anne Dryden
2 2000-07-30
About 2-3 nautical miles east of Lundy.
No information entered Keith Hiscock
4 2001-08-19
About 400m east of the NE coast of Lundy.
4 lg sharks surface. 2 snorkellers entered water. 1 c. 6 m male (claspers clearly seen)twice approached, circled and scraped past the woman. That shark had a split tail fin, a white necrotic patch behind the dorsal fin + white nose. Keith Hiscock
1 2000-07-30
Lee Rocks, south of Lundy
Both dorsal and tail fins seen. Didn't approach close. Keith Hiscock
2 2004-06-17 Mother Iveys Bay
20 metres off Mother Iveys Bay, Cornwall. Two Basking Sharks patrolling the Bay
Two Basking Sharks patrolling the Bay Alex Parr
1 2004-07-07 Port Ellen
2 miles south of Port Ellen, isle of Islay, Scotland. Travelling on a 4.5mtr RIB Location: Great Britain Grid Ref:NR385413 X: 138600m Y: 641300m Lat: 55:35:42N (55.595) Lon: 6:09:05W (-6.1515)
swimming in a lazy zig zag on the surface, single black fin showing,no tail fin visable. Apex of the fin showing white patch about 3 inches long. Stopped boat well in front and it approached within a few yards before gently submerging, weather calm and sunny, sea fairly flat, no noticible plankton bloom. Allan Sinclair
1 2002-09-16 West Kyle
West Kyle, Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute (just north of Arran)
Irene Johnstone
2 2002-05-05
Near The Manacles, The Lizard
Two seen and up to six seen at one time by others in area. Roger Dadds
1 2002-09-14
West Kyle, Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute (just north of Arran)
Irene Johnstone
4 2001-05-23 Plymouth Sound
Just inside western entry of Plymouth Breakwater.
Four young basking sharks (2-4m long) feeding around boat. Large plankton bloom present at time. Sharks viewed for aprox 4-5mins. Were observed to dive deeper and were not seen again after larger craft entered the area. John Bleach
1 2001-06-12
Near Lifeboat launch, Mother Iveys Bay, Cornwall,
Appeared to fully grown, was spotted slowly following the coastline very close to land. Conditions were clear and calm. Paul Kelway
1 2001-07-27
Eight miles west of Irvine Harbour, Firth of Clyde
evening, little wind, good conditions Anne Dryden
1 2002-07-18 Millisle
Off Millisle, Co. Down
One large basking shark feeding in rough seas. Gary Burrows
10 2001-07-08 Coverack Bay
Coverack Bay, Cornwall
Aprox 10 sharks feeding sighted from 10:00 until 12:00 or 12:30 when sightings became less frequent. By 13:30 when we left we had only sporadic sightings of 1 or 2 animals. Two sharks were sighted near The Manacles on the way to Coverack bay, 0 on return. Ken Byrne
1 2002-08-27 Olna Firth
Middle of Olna Firth off Swarbacks minn, St Magnus bay on the west coast of Shetland
Single large adult swimming slowly in a straight line in Olna Firth. From dorsal fin estimate size at 5m. Undetermined sex. Matt Gubbins
1 2005-06-19
One mile due west of Peel, Isle of Man
on see inshore (1 mile off) Andrew Bakere
2 2005-06-16
English Channel.
Mid channel, moving east, late afternoon. 3-4 SW wind. Michael Rowley
3 2005-07-14 North Devon
Midway between Ilfracombe and Lundy, Bristol Channel
Two individuals were seen roughly midway between Ilfracombe and Lundy on morning journey. One individual seen approx 500m offshore at 4.30pm. Photos. Charlotte Bettle
37 2006-06-24
Between Penzance and Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Ranged from 2 - 6m long. All feeding or following eachother. Main group of 27 off Sennen Cove. Judith Oakley
1 2006-06-05
Portscatho
Close into the bay. Other reports from Headlands towards Falmouth
1 2008-05-31
Offshore Whitsand Bay
A c. 6 m shark that spent some time swimming around and under the RIB. Roger Dadds
1 2008-06-12 Acairseid Mhor
Acairseid Mhor, Rona.
Slowly feeding near the surface around our boat for 20 minutes in this very small anchorage. Estimate overall length to be 6m Norman Jackson
1 2008-08-31
e.g. South coast of Lindisfarne, near the harbour.
Good views. Relatively small (3m) Norman Jackson
1 2008-08-31
North of Rona.
Soon after seeing smaller one, this much larger one swam by (over 6m) Norman Jackson
1 2008-09-02
About 100 metres East of Eilean Fada Mor, Summer Isles
Close to shore. At least 5m in length. Norman Jackson
1 2009-04-08 Mew Stone
Off Mew Stone
Swimming near mewstone Jon Parr
1 2009-05-24 Eddystone Lighthouse
Eddystone Lighthouse
Size approx 3-4m?? Katie Smith
3 2009-05-24 South Coast
Off Brixham (approx)
All around 3-4m as a guess. maybe bigger. Feeding at surface. Remained within view for approx 20-30 mins Katie Smith
1 2009-06-23 500m East of Mewstone
Offshore, about 500m due E of the Mewstone, Wembury Bay.
Swimming at the surface for 5-10 mins Dan Lear
2 2009-06-01 Runnel Stone S Cardinal
approx 2 miles off Lands End, from small yacht. Sunny day, very smooth sea state. Sighted at 1555.
feeding close to fishing boat Sarah Brown
3 2009-06-01 Runnel Stone S Cardinal
Sunny day, smooth sea, time 1715. Baro 1008, wind V1
2 sharks close together, one tail thrashing, mating behaviour (?) rather than feeding. Viewed from approx 500m Sarah Brown
3 2009-06-01 Runnel Stone S Cardinal
Sunny day, smooth sea, time 1715. Baro 1008, wind V1
2 adult looking sharks and one much smaller juvenile. Sarah Brown
4 2009-08-13 Treshnish Isles
SW 2-3
Feeding close inshore to the TReshnish, 3 yachts in the area, one dinghy launched and came very close to the sharks. May have been french vessel. Sarah Brown
1 2009-08-07 Soay Sound
V1
Feeding Sarah Brown
1 29/04/2011 Off plymouth
1.8 nautical miles due south of the Great Mewstone, Devon
Feeding on the surface David Homer