22 April 2011
30 basking sharks have been sighted in Dingle Bay this week, according to the Irish Basking Shark Project. The Basking Shark is the second largest fish species in the world, some reaching up to 26 feet in length. The Irish Basking Shark Project have tagged 15 of the sharks in Dingle Bay and say the chances of catching a glimpse of these spectacular creatures over the weekend are high as they are believed to be feeding in the bay. Basking sharks are now a protected species after over fishing nearly resulted in their extinction. Speaking on Radio Kerry today, Kevin Flannery, the director of Dingle Oceanworld, said there is still a lot to learn about these "mysterious creatures". The Irish Basking Shark Project as also appealed to anyone who may be at the coast or out on the water, to report any sightings of the sharks and look out for tagged sharks.Pictured: A basking shark feeding underwater for plankton, pic courtesy of http://www.sharkireland.com/ .