Kayaking with a Basking Shark in Donegal

Basking Sharks, “An Liamhán Gréine” the Sun, or Sail Fish, are most frequently sighted during the months of April – September in the North Atlantic and around Ireland’s coast from North to South.

These beautiful, plankton feeding creatures average in size from five to seven meters. Often sighted during spring and summer months when the weather is calm, these large fish bask close to the waters surface to feed on plankton and are thought to retreat to deeper waters during colder months.

Below is an amazing video of the pure shock of a fishing kayaker coming so very close to this beautiful creature in Donegal. Not being entirely sure of the mammals intentions, there are some “choice words”, (bad language), uttered in awe of it’s presence.

Watch this amazing creature follow so peacefully feeding into the kayaker’s slip stream, even stopping when the kayaker stops, and waiting for him to travel on again to feed.

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