Adopt a Basking Shark and help fund our Basking Shark Project, helping Basking Sharks in the Northeast Atlantic.


These gentle giants are awesome because they're the 2nd largest fish in the world! They're also seasonal visitors to the British Isles. Each summer shark spotters flock to known hot-spots to marvel at this graceful giant.

As recently as the mid-1990’s they were heavily fished for their liver oil, meat, fins and cartilage. Luckily we were able to help secure protection and management for them. Basking Sharks are now protected in EU waters and under some international agreements.

But their numbers remain a concern. Basking Sharks are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This means they face a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Monitoring, management and further research is vital to ensure their survival. 


You have two options when it comes to adopting a Basking Shark: Digital (Worldwide) and Printed (UK only).

When you choose a printed adoption we’ll send you our Basking Shark adoption pack which includes:

  • Personalised Certificate
  • Factsheets - learn all about your amazing shark & research project
  • Poster
  • Bookmark
  • Greeting Card - left blank for your message

Adopt a Basking Shark (printed)

When you select our Digital Basking Shark Adoption more of your money will go towards shark conservation and it is more eco-friendly! This option is available to shark lovers around the world.

We will email you:

  • Your personalised certificate
  • a link to your digital adoption pack

Adopt a Basking Shark (digital)

*If you do not receive your digital adoption within a few days, please check your junk folder*


You can also support our Basking Shark Project by making a donation below. 

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Related Links:

► Download the latest Basking Shark Sightings Report (pdf)

► Find out more about our Basking Shark Project

► Read our Creature Feature Blog on the Basking Shark

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