Tuesday, 22 June 2010

N Wales Basker

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:10 PM, robin.bayliss@btinternet.com wrote:
This evening - 21 June 2010 - from between 7.30pm to 9.30pm we watched what seemed to be a basking shark approx 200m off the beach in Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, North Wales. A colleague canoed out to the spot and took quite a good photo of the fin from about 40m - we could email it to you if you wish. It looked like other pictures of basking shark fins we have seen on the web. The fin always appeared in the same spot. We are not aware that basking sharks are normally seen off the North Wales coast - or is this more common that we know about?

HI Robin its not a common sighting although a handful are sighted in North Wales waters each year. This is quite surprising given the amount seen around the Isle of Man where they are quite commonly seen. It may be that they are under reported or the prevailing currents are not so much in their favour , but we also see very few here in SW Wales. the photo's would be much appreciated! allthingsgood, cliff