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Tags track basking shark journeys

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

Wildlife researchers in the Isle of Man have attached satellite tags to eight basking sharks as part of a study of their movements.

The Manx Wildlife Trust said charting the sharks over a number of years had shown they have a much wider range than previously thought.

A trust spokeswoman said two females and six males, all over six metres long, were tagged this year.

They are commonly seen off the British Isles between May and September.

This year more than 200 sightings have been reported around the Isle of Man, mainly between Peel and The Sound.

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

Data from the fish tagged by the trust should be accessible from about February 2010.

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