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Old 14 June 2006, 19:07   #31
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would be sharks lay eggs and never tend babies .
Not strictly true - some shark species give birth to live young, basking sharks among them.
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Old 14 June 2006, 20:34   #32
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Not strictly true - some shark species give birth to live young, basking sharks among them.
I stand corrected . I had just as well tell the story where I got the info from .

It was about 10 years ago .
I was Kayaking with a friend having left Penzance on a calm hot day heading for Lands End .
I was close under Tater Du lighthouse and a basking shark swam the other way feeding, it was a really big one so I turned around and caut it up and paddled along right beside him as he fed . I was close enough to touch his fin .
The shark then closed its mouth and dived away . As I turned in a big arc to re join my mate who was keeping clear he shouted look out , the shark was swimming fast on the surface mouth closed right for the centre of my boat . I paddled out of the way and kept going fast, the shark went round me and then appeared to give chase for about 100 yds . I was going flat out about 7mph and my mate was about 50 yds to the side watching . The shark then disapeared which was just as well as I was Knackered . This shark was not feeding as he chased me and we were bothe quite shaken up.

a few hundred yds later we passed a much smaller basking shark going the same direction as the first . We left it well alone and I concluded this was the young of the first one hence its actions .

My mates Dad is Doctor Potts a marine biologist at plymouth aquarium . I called him to tell the story and find out what I had done wrong. We used to report all shark and dolphin sightings to Dr Potts .
He was surprised by the sharks action and Iam certain told me that it was nothing to do with caring for young and that they lay eggs . I even seem to remember the description of the egg, it being like a woodscrew so it settles into the sand . He said there was a lot more to learn about basking sharks and that he had spent much time snorkeling with them and studying them .

I must have the info he gave me mixed up unless they have only found out since that they do give birth , the info on the net is quite sketchy but does as you say state that they give birth
Whenever I asked Dr Potts a question the pencil would come out and I would often get an ilustration of the creature , he was a great artist .
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[QUOTE=Alice] Sounds good, Clare, deffi bring some of your Kebabs, I'll bring the Rennie. . What time for kick-off Roy? [/QUOTE

Make sure u chew before u swallow next time!!
Who,s Rennie? Why didn't she come along on the Scilly trip?

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Old 15 June 2006, 03:11   #34
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Remember to chew this time before swallowing!!!!
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I'm taking Rennie along for protection. I'm not sure who you're confusing me with, I was the one tucked up in my sleeping bag whil'st the noisy rabble were in the pub.
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Basking shark eggs??

I am a marine biologist and I work in the Marine Biological Association building on the Hoe in Plymouth. Dr Potts retired about 10 years ago now and I had the pleasure of talking to him about all manner of marine life. As for your recollection of him telling you that basking sharks laid eggs......I am slightly perturbed that he would've said that. It has been known for a long time that basking sharks give birth to live young and like most animals, are very protective of their young should a threat be perceived. As for your encounter with the mother and baby off Penzance...that must have been terrifying! I am a huge fan of sharks, but luckily have never been on the wrong end of one! Sounds like you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If anyone is interested there is now a legal code of conduct for all water users around Basking Sharks. You can find it on the Shark Trust web site and the Marine Conservation Society web site. Boat engines need to be switched off, not just idling but switched off. You should not approach the shark, but should the shark approach you then frankly there's not a lot that you can do about it! If you are in the water with the shark then you are in much more peril than the shark, therefore you need to keep a safe distance.

Everyone is entitled to see these creatures in the wild and interact with them if they are lucky enough to get the opportunity, but we have to respect them and remember that we are invading their habitat. These animals have not spent millions of years surviving just so a minority of boat users can get a thrill by chasing them around just because we can.

So enjoy our marine life, but just put yourself in their shoes/fins/blow holes. Next time anyone sees a pod of dolphins or a group of basking sharks, think how you'd feel in the water with them in the boat bearing down on you!

"I stand corrected . I had just as well tell the story where I got the info from .

It was about 10 years ago .
I was Kayaking with a friend having left Penzance on a calm hot day heading for Lands End .
I was close under Tater Du lighthouse and a basking shark swam the other way feeding, it was a really big one so I turned around and caut it up and paddled along right beside him as he fed . I was close enough to touch his fin .
The shark then closed its mouth and dived away . As I turned in a big arc to re join my mate who was keeping clear he shouted look out , the shark was swimming fast on the surface mouth closed right for the centre of my boat . I paddled out of the way and kept going fast, the shark went round me and then appeared to give chase for about 100 yds . I was going flat out about 7mph and my mate was about 50 yds to the side watching . The shark then disapeared which was just as well as I was Knackered . This shark was not feeding as he chased me and we were bothe quite shaken up.

a few hundred yds later we passed a much smaller basking shark going the same direction as the first . We left it well alone and I concluded this was the young of the first one hence its actions .

My mates Dad is Doctor Potts a marine biologist at plymouth aquarium . I called him to tell the story and find out what I had done wrong. We used to report all shark and dolphin sightings to Dr Potts .
He was surprised by the sharks action and Iam certain told me that it was nothing to do with caring for young and that they lay eggs . I even seem to remember the description of the egg, it being like a woodscrew so it settles into the sand . He said there was a lot more to learn about basking sharks and that he had spent much time snorkeling with them and studying them .

I must have the info he gave me mixed up unless they have only found out since that they do give birth , the info on the net is quite sketchy but does as you say state that they give birth
Whenever I asked Dr Potts a question the pencil would come out and I would often get an ilustration of the creature , he was a great artist."
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