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Joined: 13 Mar 2004 21:01
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Location: Douglas, Isle of Man
I've spent the last two days watching basking sharks. Yesterday they were about a mile out to sea and only visible through binoculars, but today they were only about 300 yards out
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I'm pretty sure I also saw a Minke whale, but I wasn't quick enough with the camera to capture it and be sure.

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08 Jun 2008 12:32
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Cool.

So what's the story behind this? Is it part of your job or your studies, or do you just randomly find yourself out to sea? :wink:

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08 Jun 2008 15:43
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I live on a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea. It isn't famous for much, except for motorcycle racing, being home to a species of Shearwater, and the visits we get in the Summer months from the worlds' second largest fish.

I've seen the basking sharks from in a kayak before, but never from on land... which means I've never had my camera with me. This picture was taken from behind the 11th century Peel Castle, where I was walking with my parents (hoping to see some of the sharks.) We stayed for about 3 hours watching the water, where there were at least 2 sharks swimming.

There are also frequent sightings of minke whales and occasionally orcas around the coast. I think that I saw a whale's tail lifted above the surface of the sea - and definitely saw some very large splashes, but I'm waiting for somebody from Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch to report it officially. If it wasn't a whale, then it will either have been a Risso's dolphin (fairly common) or one of the sharks breaching. This would be very rare, but does occur occasionally.

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Short write up at The New Scientist suggesting that seals navigate by stars:
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