Dr. Simon Berrow narrates his experience with basking sharks in the fall off West Clare. The species is often seen feeding in this area in the spring - but the seasonal timing of this experience was not the only unusual component...
This ongoing survey is focused on one known basking shark “hotspot” along the very northern coast of Ireland. The population here has been monitored by the IBSSG since the group's formation in the early 2000s.
Photographs can be used to identify individual sharks based on coloration, shape, or scars on the body or dorsal fin. This database is compiled with the goal of providing insight into site fidelity and movement patterns in basking shark populations between Ireland and Scotland.
The IBSG have deployed multiple satellite transmitters on basking sharks in Irish waters, and involved multiple community groups in order to do so. The results of this study can be found on our “Shark Tracker” page.
A marine based youth training programme which brought 20 young people aged 14 – 17 together from across Inishowen on Wednesday evenings and Saturday days for 10 weeks to learn marine science and discovery skills, explore their coastline and conduct science experiments at sea.
This study developed a new method for large-scale genetic sampling using mucus obtained non-invasively from basking sharks. Such information could be used to determine population structure of basking sharks around Ireland and has strong potential to be implemented worldwide.
The “Shark Camp” was a two week "internship" program aimed at local teens. Shark Camp aimed to educate and inspire the next generation of marine scientists by teaching young people from Inishowen about their coastal resources.
A marine education programme was hosted over several months in 5 primary schools in areas with an historic fishing background.
Lessons were designed to link in with the curriculum and teach ocean literacy and marine awareness. Homework tasks encouraged pupils to explore their marine
history and local environment. Each class had the opportunity to put their skills in action on 2 field trips, one to a local pier and the other on board a boat to survey for sharks.
The first deployment of Timed Depth Recorder tags on this species, this project aims to link shark surfacing behavior with key hydrological, meteorological, and biological features. Prototype tags will be attached to basking sharks present at the Malin Head hotspot by the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group.