encountered a goodly number of basking sharks off Malin Head last week (during his delivery run with the Tyne class from Rhu). This prompted us to do a trip to Dunaff Head yesterday (Lough Swilly), as there had been reports by beach users of numerous fish seen off Fanad Head the previous day. Wildwords
is currently stabbing away at them further up the coast.
We met a group of three large sharks feeding on a highly visible plankton bloom that was being concentrated in a "tideline" just off the headland. The largest of them (already tagged!) was about six meters long - measured against the rib
. We drifted with them for 15 minutes and BabydollNelly
took a few pics, see below.