Basking shark sightings on the rise in Cornwall

The number of basking sharks sighted on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Seaquest Basking Shark Survey, taking place at Hella Point, Porthgwarra, has risen in recent days after a relatively slow start to the basking shark ‘season’.

Basking sharks are typically seen in large numbers in late spring and early summer as they migrate up the Irish Sea. Cornwall Wildlife Trust believe that the relative absence of sharks in May and June may be explained by unsettled weather and sea conditions, which have prevented the sharks’ food source ‘zooplankton’ from forming in large ‘blooms’ at the surface. It is thought that the more settled and sunny conditions in early July may account for the recent rise in sightings.

The number of basking sharks sighted on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Seaquest Basking Shark Survey, taking place at Hella Point, Porthgwarra, has risen in recent days after a relatively slow start to the basking shark ‘season’.

Basking sharks are typically seen in large numbers in late spring and early summer as they migrate up the Irish Sea. Cornwall Wildlife Trust believe that the relative absence of sharks in May and June may be explained by unsettled weather and sea conditions, which have prevented the sharks’ food source ‘zooplankton’ from forming in large ‘blooms’ at the surface. It is thought that the more settled and sunny conditions in early July may account for the recent rise in sightings.

Source: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/basking-shark-cornwall011.html

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 27 July, 2011.

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