Basking shark tagging and sampling in the Blasket Islands

27th May 2014

Basking shark sightings update 28th May 2014

All it took was bit of hot sunny weather and the sharks are popping up in numbers again along the south coast anyway. Yesterday 27th May saw at least one off Cloghna Head, Rosscarbery Bay, while at the same time, Chris O' Sullivan was watching 3 more during a 60 minute effort watch at the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork. This morning, our man at Ram Hd, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Andrew Malcolm, had his first sharks of the year, with a whopping 9 animals counted during an IWDG effort watch. So we may if anything still have the peak in basking shark sightings ahead of us, which is exciting. As always please report any sightings of this grazer to the IWDG at and watch out for them breaching!


Basking sharks, 27th May 2014

As the run of sightings of basking sharks slows down you might be interested in seeing a recent piece filmed for RTE news on the work of some of the Irish Basking Shark Study Group. IWDG is a member of the group which includes individuals and third level institutes with a deep interest and knowledge of the basking shark in Ireland.

It was established in 2009 and encourages and facilitates research and education on basking sharks in Ireland including the collection and data-basing of public sightings data. It has been carrying out tagging and telemetry studies and pioneered a non-invasive technique for collecting samples for genetic studies. The IBSSG maintains a website as a main portal for information on basking sharks in Irish waters.

Recently the IBSSG have written to Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltact and the Islands to consider providing full protection to sharks and their habitats in Irish territorial waters

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