IMAGES - Pod Of Dolphins (Donegal) And Basking Shark (Clare)

The Irish Basking Shark Project research team was joined last week along the Donegal coast by a pod of approximately 50 dolphins.

On the morning of Friday (17th August), the dolphins were spotted in Lough Swilly. By evening they had travelled quite a distance to Malin Head and onwards.

While at the north end Lough Swilly, some of the Basking Shark research team got the chance to shoot some footage and film.

Meanwhile, a juvenile 4m long basking shark that was tagged by the IDP funded Monster Munch project on August 8th, just South of Lenan head in the Mouth of Lough Swilly, has been detected west of Loop Head in County Clare and the mouth of the Shannon Estuary.  The shark's present location is approximately 250 miles from where it was originally tagged 13 days ago in Inishowen waters. 

According to the Irish Basking Shark Project: "The satellite tags which have been attached to five sharks adopted by coastal communities on Inishowen have proven sluggish to report their positions. This movement record and live feed is welcome news with luck other sharks will also report their positions on a regular basis in the coming days and weeks."

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