☀️The calm before the shark.🦈
🌿Not quite your average paddle …. one fat shark swimming at us and then under our boards before circling for another look while we serenely paddled between the caves.👣
Around 8ft, stubby ... yet stealthy.
Hopefully not hungry…..
We were the only raw eats within 2m …..whether he was paleo, veggie or sushi shark.🍣
Not taking any chances, I was straight onto the ledge we were paddling alongside looking down onto the water.
It was a moment to admire after the event and certainly after the paddle back to the beach.
Looking later and using a photo a friend took just around the headland, we think (but can't be sure) it was a basking shark.
As a pelagic - coastal shark they are seen quite frequently along the coast especially in spring, close to land and even in small bays and inlets.
Basking sharks are slow moving and unlike many shark species, certainly do not avoid approaching boats or paddle boards.
Although usually solitary, they get summer sociable often aggregating in same sex shoals.
They are filter feeders preferring temperatures between 8 and 18 degrees. Marine scientists suggest upwelling of cooler waters deliver a beautiful sharky buffet of zooplankton as well as millions of small fish and marine invertebrates seeking their share.
Satellite tracking has confirmed that they move thousands of km seeking richest the zooplankton patches.
Most importantly, not aggressive and harmless to humans but apparently they have quite rough skin so you should avoid cuddling them.
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