Cornwall basks in basking sharks

Posted on 12th May 2014

Experts have revealed that it has been the best start to the basking shark season in Cornwall in years.

Basking sharks are commonly seen in the seas around Cornwall in the summer months, but this year there have been a number of sightings of the animals, which can grow up to 25 feet long, around the Cornish coast.

This is extremely high compared to previous years, which, according to shark experts, points towards a good summer ahead for visitors staying in pretty holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall to see the great creatures.

Many visitors to Padstow, for instance, often see the mammoth creatures swimming in the harbour in search of more food.

Stuart Dowling, who saw a basking shark recently at Sennen, told Pirate FM, “It was seven or eight feet long, very impressive and so close to the shoreline I couldn’t believe it, it was just past where the waves were breaking, it was a lovely moment of nature, that is part of the lovely fabric of Cornwall isn’t it, that is why people come and spend their summers here and their weekends here because you have all of this on your doorstep.”

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