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Free lectures on basking sharks
Basking Shark (The Wildlife Trust)
Basking sharks are seen off the Manx coast in the summer months
Marine life enthusiasts in the Isle of Man are being invited to attend a series of talks on basking sharks.

The waters off the island are a common cruising ground for the sharks, with numerous creatures sighted annually between May and September.

The event at the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin will feature three talks by marine experts on tagging, conservation and sightings.

The event, which is free, will begin at 2000 BST.

In recent years the number of sightings of these giant creatures off the British Isles has risen significantly.

Most of the basking sharks off the Isle of Man have been spotted off the south coast, around Port Erin, Port St Mary, the Calf and Spanish Head.

To help learn more about the behaviour and movement of the sharks which visit the island each summer, the Basking Shark Watch charity and the Manx Wildlife Trust plan to tag five of them so that they can be tracked by satellite.

The satellite tags cost 3,000 each and are attached to the shark's dorsal fin.

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