Shark Name: Iascagáin
School: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana
Teacher: Pauric Mc kinny
Very small 2-3m shark tagged 1 mile north of Malin Tower. No distinctive fin or body features. Dived immediately after tag deployment and did not re-surface within local area. Initially spotted within 30m of boat feeding in moderate water conditions along the end of a distinctive west going tidal feature running through the Garvan isles.
This shark tag deployment will provide a useful comparison between juvenile sharks and larger more mature shark behaviour.
‘Iascagáin’ is a Gaelic word play on the school name, were ‘Iosa’ or Jeasus is transformed into ‘Iasc’ or Fish. The Gaelic language has shown a strong revival in Buncrana (Foot of the Crana River) and the Inishowen peninsula in recent years. This word play reminds us of Buncrana’s substantial fishing heritage.
Buncrana, located on the eastern shores of the fjord like Lough Swilly is the largest urban centre on the Inishowen peninsula and was for many years primarily a fishing town and naval base. It became an attractive Victorian Spa with the arrival of the railway, and retains much of its original sea front character including sandy beaches and coastal walks. Large Mackerel and Herring fleets from Ireland and Scotland used the safe water around the town and its transport infrastructure to unload and process fish during historic boom fishing periods. Today it is an attractive holiday destination with numerous traditional music and fiddle playing festivals. It is home to Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat station, a substantial pier used by seasonal trawlers and crabbers, the Lough Swilly Ferry, two dive clubs and numerous leisure boaters.