It is often said that the sight of basking sharks feeding in the waters close to the coastline is a sign of fine, settled weather conditions.
This appears to be the case in West Clare this week where up to 20 basking sharks have been observed in the water near Kilkee.
Andrew Power, a wildlife conservationist, told RTE News: “They were feeding actively for about three hours. You could see the inside of their huge mouths very clearly under the water as the were feeding. They swam close to the rocks going in circles. It was incredible.”
Ireland’s largest fish, the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus), can grow up to 12m in length. It feeds only on minute plankton and tiny fish.
Video by Ayyan Ifee
— Andrew Power (@aerpower) April 11, 2016