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Basking sharks spotted off island

Basking shark
The sharks are the second biggest fish in the world

Basking sharks have arrived for their summer season off the coast of the Isle of Man.

More than 200 sightings have been reported around the island, mainly between Peel and The Sound.

The Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is supporting the Manx Basking Shark Watch and has made a donation to its work.

Basking sharks can grow to more than 30ft (10m) long and are the second biggest fish in the world.

Phil Gawne, MHK, Minister for DAFF, said: "The best way to see basking sharks is from vantage points around the coast.

"That way you can watch the sharks, safe in the knowledge that you are not impacting the day to day life of this important species.

"If you do find yourself close to basking sharks at sea, the best advice is to allow them to approach you and never pursue or harass them."

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