first basking shark of the season
The first basking shark in Dingle Bay has been spotted on March 21st by Nick Massett, a local member of the IWDG (Irish Whale and Dolphin Group). Watching from the cliffs above Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula, he saw the shark cruising in the water below him.
Basking sharks are the world's second largest fish, after the whale shark. The can grow up to 10m in length and can be observed as they 'bask' on the surface of the water, filtering large amounts of water for plankton. This time of the year the first few individual animals start showing up here, and as the season progresses we frequently encounter several of these fascinating fish on our eco tour, often cruising right alongside our boat. For more information on them, check out our 'Marine Life' section.