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Old 24 August 2014, 17:39   #1
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Basking Sharks at last!

We've had almost no basking sharks this season. Today they showed up - we saw maybe ten fish off Malin Head. Apologies for the lousy phone video. Before anyone complains about our proximity, the helm is an experienced shark tagging driver and mostly kept out of their way. There were a lot of them and they had no issues approaching us...

Dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum!
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Yep dissapointed not to see any this year on my break to (you know where)

No Minke either ... and only a few dolphins ... kinda gutted as usually we get a complete showcase ... maybe I didnt pay enough for my ticket to the big man upstairs this year ?
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We scan the water every year at Carradale as my Mrs has never seen one or Dolphins. No luck yet but it's a good excuse to keep going back!

Nice video!
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Yep dissapointed not to see any this year on my break to (you know where)

No Minke either ... and only a few dolphins ... kinda gutted as usually we get a complete showcase ... maybe I didnt pay enough for my ticket to the big man upstairs this year ?
Maybees - I saw a Minke this year, surfaced behind me as I drifted and scared 17 shades of sh1te outta me! A massive pod of Dolphin were in residence in Malin all season , so had great craic with them.

Hey!? Maybe I have your Cetaceans?
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Maybees - I saw a Minke this year, surfaced behind me as I drifted and scared 17 shades of sh1te outta me! A massive pod of Dolphin were in residence in Malin all season , so had great craic with them.

Hey!? Maybe I have your Cetaceans?
Well .. I dunno .. cant remember if Ive posted all my minke experiences on here ... but ... in a 6m RIB they sure scared the hell outa me .. theyve hit the boat and all .. put the fear of god in me when you see one, of that size right next to you its a humbling experience... and some people pay good money for that ... Its free in Scotland people

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...Its free in Scotland people

*Edit* not advocating independance by that remark
That's OK. I know you meant "Free Willy"!
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Now that's good footage from a phone almost bouncing of the boat as well
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Very cool! Those are super rare in the USA.

Here is one of my photos from an encounter.

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Great day out with the sharks

Happened to be on the same boat as Willk this afternoon
Couple additional pictures, conditions a little rougher than normal for Basking sharks to feeding on the surface.
They have been particularly rare this year and we were surprised to see so many arrive at once.
As you can see, tags were being deployed by basking shark teams...
Great day out
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More wildlife - Heads up - Whitby Whales

I would recommend Whitby this coming weekend.
The Whale watching company that operates
out of the harbour, having had very little to be excited about all year
now has had several sightings at 3, 5 and 7 miles out in the last few days,
due to the late arrival of the Herring this year.
Expect Minke and Humpback.
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