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11 April 2012

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust hopes for increased basking shark sightings

The Cornwall Wildlife trust is hoping for a summer full of basking shark sightings as the conservational charity begins preparing for its annual Seaquest Basking Shark Project.

Running from 1 June – 31 August, the project relies on volunteers to record and report surface sightings of the creatures, which can grow up to 39ft in length and weigh up to 7 tonnes.

Marine conservation officer Abby Crosby is hoping for better weather to help volunteers spot the spectacular marine animals. She said: “Correct conditions, including long periods of still, calm weather, could mean more surface sightings of basking sharks.”

Just one of the many magnificent creatures that populate the astonishing Cornish wildlife, the project could be a perfect event for any of those who want to delve into a vacation in one of the fantastic luxury accommodation in Cornwall this summer. Who knows, you might even see an even bigger beast in the killer whale, which was spotted on the coast of Cornwall late last year. 

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