Basking Sharks

Basking Sharks are an immense beast! Reaching up to 11 metres in length and weighing close to 6 tons when fully grown.

Basking Sharks are the largest shark species found in waters around the UK. These gentle giants are no threat to swimmers or much else for that matter. Filter feeding is what they do best, slowly meandering through the water with their huge mouths agape. The tiny zooplankton close to the surface of the sea is all they will feed on.

They usually appear during the warmer months as the sea temperature starts to rise. The best time to see them is from May through to September, they can be spotted from shore but by boat is your best chance. If you see a large black, triangular looking fin protruding from the water you are very lucky. Basking sharks are grey in colour, sometimes you can also see the snout poking out of the water to the front.

Best times to spot them are when the weather is calm and they come in closer to the coast to feed, it also makes them easier to spot.

What will you see while visiting Anglesey?

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