A project of Manx Basking Shark Watch.
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Species: Basking Shark
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2016-06-09 18:50:00
Release Location: 3.5km West of White Beach, Niarbyl, Isle of Man
Last Location: 2017-02-16 10:48:29
'Four Winns' is a rather feisty 6 m long basking shark that the team on the Manx Basking Shark Watch boat 'Happy Jack' put a SPOT 6 satellite tag onto on 9th June 2016. He was off a very beautiful stretch of coastline near Niarbyl of West coat of the Isle of Man. He was in a loose feeding group of 3 basking sharks with another 5 nearby. We were alerted to the presence of these basking sharks by Phil and on the boat 'Four Winns', so we called the tagged shark after their boat.
We like to know WHO we are tagging so we take a full 'Basking Shark Passport'. This includes HD photos of the sharks dorsal fin, a length estimate, a gender obtained by pole camera and a skin swab that is sent for DNA analysis by Dr Les Noble's team at Aberdeen University. The SPOT 6 satellite tag from Wildlife Computers was generously sponsored by the Manx Lottery Trust. Funds to support the research boat were generously given by DEFA (the Isle of Man's Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.
See https://www.facebook.com/ManxBaskingSharkWatch and http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.org for more information about Manx Basking Shark Watch.