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"Best start to basking shark season in living memory'

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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More than a dozen giant basking sharks have already been spotted off the Cornish coastline in one of the best starts to the shark season in living memory.

According to AK Wildlife, who run wildlife-spotting trips, the Bank Holiday weekend saw an incredible 19 sharks, ranging from a ‘small’ 14 footer all the way up to a truly gargantuan 25 foot shark.

Bird sightings have also been excellent, with a few Great Northern Divers remaining in their stunning summer plumage, as well as Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and an unusual Bridled Guillemot.

Captain Keith Leeves said: "This has been one of the best starts to a Shark season in living memory.

"To see so many this early has been an absolute honour and it is exciting to consider what the rest of the season may hold for us.

"We have been blown away with the size of the sharks too, with several sharks being over 20 Feet long, which is something truly special to behold."

Crew Member Billy Burton added: "Guests have been absolutely blown away by the sightings they have had; there is something awe-inspiring about seeing a 25-foot shark approach you, mouth wide open.

"For all of our crew at AK Wildlife Cruises, seeing these magnificent sharks is a truly special experience, and one that I will certainly cherish for the rest of my life.

"Our snorkelling trips have also been a great success, and I am somewhat jealous of the views our guests have achieved."

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