Video Suggests Basking Sharks Are Using Scottish Waters For Mating

New footage gathered by scientist is pointing may have revealed that basking sharks are gathering off the coasts of Scotland to mate. The basking sharks, which are second largest shark species reaching lengths of 33 feet, are seeking gathering in large numbers on the seafloor in behavior that has never before been captured.

Researchers from the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter gathered the footage off the coast of Mill in the Inner Hebrides where they tagged three sharks using towed camera tags. The camera tags allowed researchers to get a view of the sharks in their natural behavior that would be impossible without the technology.

The researchers will be able to use the footage to give them a new understanding of basking shark group behavior will help inform future consultation processes around designating Marine Protected Area’s that will promote the protection of vital areas for the sharks.

 


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