basking sharks

Aug. 08/12

A marine scientist has urged people to "think twice about litter" after a basking shark was filmed in Manx waters with plastic around its nose.

The sighting comes just two weeks after a grey seal was pictured with plastic around its throat near Kitterland.

Jackie Hall, of Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW), said: "The images are terrifying."

The basking shark was filmed by a kayaker off the coast of Peel, who described it as "extremely upsetting".

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Aug. 01/12


The number of basking sharks recorded in Britain's seas could be increasing, decades after being protected from commercial hunting in the late 20th century. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters, by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action, is published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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