first basking shark in Dingle Bay
On March 21st the first basking shark this season was spotted in Dingle Bay by Nick Massett, a local member of the IWDG (Irish Whale and Dolphin Group). Standing on the high cliffs above Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula, he spotted the shark cruising in the water below him.
Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world, after the whale shark. We usually spot the odd individual around this time of the year, with their numbers increasing to several dozen a little later in the year. They 'bask' on the surface of the water, cruising around with their enormous mouth wide open as they filter the water for plankton. For more information on them, check out our 'Marine Life' page.