Help Basking Sharks in the Northeast Atlantic by donating to our Basking Shark Project.


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. Globally Basking Sharks are listed on the IUCN Red list as Vulnerable. Worse still, they're Endangered in the Northeast Atlantic. Monitoring, management and further research is vital to ensure their survival.

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