BBC Two captured this incredible footage, which includes some stunning shots from an overhead drone, whilst filming for their new series “Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World”.
Basking sharks are only beaten by the mighty whale shark in size, and although the average is five to seven metres, they can reach a seriously impressive 11 metres (33 ft).
BBC host Colin Stafford-Johnson is right in assuming these basking sharks aren’t socialising. According to Earth Touch News they are more likely in search of plankton, swimming with their mouths open in order to filter the crustaceans from the water.
Interesting fact: Eight tonne basking sharks can filter a thousand tonnes of sea water every hour for tiny plankton.