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Second tagged shark re-sighted in Scotland

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 18:07
Basking shark
Basking shark
(c) Nigel Moyer

A yellow tagged shark has been reported from Scotland. This is the second  re-sighting from Scotland this year following three last season.  All but one of these Scottish re-sightings have been of sharks tagged off Inishowen, Co  Donegal with the other a shark tagged in Co Cork.

The shark was reported by Richard Fairburns who sighted the shark off Barra in the inner Hebrides on 2 July approximately a month after it was tagged. This is a distance of 180km. This work strongly suggest  there is a northerly movement of sharks from Ireland to Scotland.

The tagging study carried out by the Irish Basking Shark study Group has been a great success with a 105 re-sighting rate which is incredibly high. The Group are hoping to continue this work in 2011 before a full evaluation of the tagging project can be made.

The IBSSG would like to thank once again their colleague Colin Speedie for obtaining this record.