The Basking Sharks are here!!!

30 May — 15 July 2008

Orca Sea Safaris passengers have had some fantastic basking shark sightings over the past few days.

Orca Sea Safaris passengers have had some fantastic Basking Shark sightings over the last few days from friday 30th May.

On Friday morning, 4 Basking sharks were observed feeding on the surface with the first one being a 16 foot basking shark between Portloe and Portholland approx 250m offshore, a smaller juvenile Basking Shark was spotted 300m off Porthbear beach with a much larger 30 foot Shark 350-400m off Porthbear. Another Basking shark was also spotted in the distance off Nare head.
The photograph above was taken by Matt Mcleod, Orca Sea Safaris skipper, from the tower of Seaquest on the trip.

Friday afternoon saw a further 7 Basking sharks between Porthbeor beach and Nare Head, with others observed further in the distance, but there just wasn't enough time to observe them all closer!

Saturday 31st brought another 8 Basking sharks, again between Porthbeor and Nare head. These sharks were mainly observed in pairs.

As well as the Basking sharks, there were two separate sightings of Porpoises in Gerrans Bay on Saturday afternoon, so along with the Bottlenose dolphins that were seen on Wednesday 28th May and Friday 16th May, Orca Sea Safaris and their passengers have had a brilliant time out on the water.