Monday 24 October 2016

Travel TV: Close encounters with Ireland's biggest sharks

Wild Atlantic Wonders

Published 27/06/2015 | 02:30

Basking sharks can be big as buses, but they're nothing to worry about... in fact, they could become an iconic tourist attraction.

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What if we told you that the presence of huge sharks off the Atlantic coast was not something to worry about, but something to welcome?

What if those sharks were not only toothless, but could potentially become an iconic tourist attraction?

Basking shark are the biggest fish in the Northern Atlantic, and we've been receiving more and more footage and photos from readers encountering them as they swim, snorkel, boat and kayak off the coast of Kerry, Mayo and Donegal.

Join Pól Ó Conghaile and Emmett Johnston of the Irish Basking Shark Study Group for an in-depth look at these extraordinary creatures, some stunning close-up footage and the question you never thought you'd ask...

Could Ireland get a shark park?

Our thanks to the Irish Basking Shark Project, Graham Sweeney, Achill Tourism, Dr. Oliver Whyte, Vincent Hyland, Noel O'Leary of, Fáilte Ireland, the US Embassy in Dublin and the Cliff House Hotel for their help with footage this week.

Thanks also to Nigel Moyter for his excellent photos.

You can find out more about these magnificent animals on, and of course, if you have footage, send it to us via Facebook here or email travel @

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