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From telegraph.co.uk- JOHN ROBERTSON

Shark Count To Begin Off Cornwall Coast

(From telegraph.co.uk)- Basking shark sightings are to be logged by volunteers in a survey that aims to find out more about the world”s second largest fish.The Seaquest Basking Shark project is taking place at two locations off the Cornwall coast and aims to collect information and raise public awareness of the giant fishes and the threats they face.”Hopefully these surveys will provide decision-makers with the data necessary to give basking sharks the protection that is urgently needed.”

Last year, SeaWatch surveys recorded 656 basking sharks from Gwennap Head and six species of whale, dolphin and porpoise.

The basking shark is the UK’s biggest wild visitor and the second largest fish in the world.

Harmless to humans, the sharks eat only plankton and can grow up to 39ft in length and weigh up to seven tonnes.

Lauren Davis, Seaquest Basking Shark Project volunteer, said: “Our seas are so poorly protected compared to the land.”

 

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