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Old 10 September 2004, 23:05   #11
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Basking Sharks may not EAT you but they can be dangerous, also YOU can be dangerous to THEM. Under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) it is illegal to intentionally capture or disturb a basking shark in British waters.

Please check out the 'Basking Shark Code here:

http://www.mcsuk.org/baskingsharks/code.htm

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Old 11 September 2004, 08:47   #12
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Somehow i think those rules are a bit extreme/foolish....

Restrict speed to below 6 knots and avoid sudden speed changes.
DUH!!! how else do you think you would see them?
Do not approach closer than 100m.
Again, how else would you see them? usually they appear out of nothing!
If closer than 100m switch the engine to neutral.
The sharks are not stupid, and wont try and assault your propellor... (they stay about 2M from your boat at all times)

As for the swimming with them, appearently they have very very course skin, and can rip the outer layer of your skin off, like sandpaper... however every time you get to close, they go under and re appear 50M away...

i think these rules are a bit to extreme...
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Old 11 September 2004, 11:35   #13
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Rupert, how do they react to people being in the water close to them? do they just suddenly dive away and re emerge about 50 metres further away?

Haven't seen dolphins for a while now, appearently there were some coming up the sound of Mull the other day, and swiming alongside the Tobermory - Kilchoan ferry.

How far out do you go with Tickle? Do you ever go into Loch sunart? If so, i might see you one day! And I'll wave!
They tend to dive and reappear some distance away. You can sometimes get way out in front and get in the water so they swim by close. A few metres away is the closest they have ever came as long as the boat is some distance away.
Was out as far as West side of Coll three weeks ago and am regularly up as far as Tobermory, never been to Sunart except passing by. I saw two complete pods in the Sound about a month ago but none since.
It may seem odd but you aren't at Ardtoe by any chance?
Having read the code I see nothing incompatible with what we do, the only time the sharks are really close to the boat is when we are unaware of them being there, generally they are easy to stop froma distance as the feed on the surface.
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Old 11 September 2004, 11:39   #14
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Ardtoe is about a mile up the road yes, why do you ask?
I have to go past it to go out to sea... Boat stays on the shore at Kentra bay however, not been there for a while... still waiting for !*#&*!#&!* spares.
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