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Season Greetings from Basking Shark Scotland!

We have been very quiet online recently as it’s been very busy and stressful time!

Basking Shark Research
Our basking shark research expeditions ended in October, and although they had a quiet start we catalogued up to 30 sharks in the end. We will be working on the data over winter but our initial results look very interesting and we will be continuing to monitor the southerly migration next year. Lotte our Heriot-Watt University intern is almost finished her dissertation and we’re looking forward to reading that in due course. 2016 shark numbers look to be around 450-500 mark which is less than 2015 but a much higher average. The population we are monitoring seems to be stable we are expanding to our data set showing some consistancy.

Winter Staff
The last couple of months our seasonal staff have left for warmer shores with Luke now in Morocco conducting surf photography and Inga instructing in Indonesia and Maldives. Hannah is back in London doing teacher training and Kate pressing on with her Vet studies down near the Lakes. That leaves Nikki and Shane working hard out on all the plans for next year! Shane has some divers out around Oban and we had a manic period building up to Cearban being shipped off to the arctic this week. We don’t have much a break with everything getting prepared for the arctic but hopefully after that expedition we’ll manage some down time.

Basking Sharks 2017
We are very close to our new website going online, hopefully this week and it will have an integrated booking system. For those waiting on this to book, then thanks for your patience and we’ll be with you very soon. We will send another email out when officially live, but keep checking back towards the end of this week.

Orca Spaces 2017
There may be a possibility of spaces on week 3 of our orca expedition this coming January. Dates are 27th Jan – 3rd February and it would be on the open boat. See a link here to the ‘old webpage‘ for information. It’s 7 weeks away but there’s still enough time to get organised for this amazing location. Please email us if interested.

Christmas Merchandise & Gift Vouchers
We haven’t had much of a chance to advertise our shop products, however we still have a full stock of what’s available online. Basking shark hoodies and t-shirts are available, along with all our books, mask straps if you’re looking for some small gifts for Christmas. We will also be able to continue with our gift vouchers if you are looking to book a trip next year and wanting to add it to Santa’s list! See here for the shop.

Otherwise we wish everyone a restful festive season and hope to see some of you out with us on the water in 2017.

Best Fishes

Basking Shark Scotland Team

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