Heartbreaking moment Two giant sharks swim among beachgoers off the Irish coast – World news

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Heartbreaking moment Two giant sharks swim among beachgoers off the Irish coast – World news

Beachgoers were shocked after two giant basking sharks swam within feet of them on an Irish beach.

What appears to be an adult and an infant, given the size of their fins, was photographed swimming in the shallow waters of Kim’s Bay on Aquile Island in County Mayo.

Although the species is harmless, onlookers feared it might be dangerous when a child was heard shouting “Oh my God.”

Meanwhile, Alan O’Neill wrote that it “like a scene from Jaws” when sharing the clip with Twitter.

Basking sharks—which often reach 26 feet in adulthood—are second only to whale sharks in size but feed on microscopic plankton.

The basking shark was filmed slowly swimming past stunned beachgoers

It is a cosmopolitan migratory species, found in all temperate oceans of the world.

The name comes from its habit of feeding the filter at the surface of the water, giving it the appearance of basking.

The bay was once home to the world’s largest basking shark fishery, with up to 50 sharks caught daily before the trade was halted more than 30 years ago.

Harmless sharks have been spotted off Kim's Bay on Akel Island in County Mayo
Harmless sharks have been spotted off Kim’s Bay on Akel Island in County Mayo

In the fishing industry, its meat and fins are used for food, including soup, and its skins for skin and liver for oil.

However, in recent years there have been multiple sightings outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland, including when one is feeding at the same spot in Kem’s Bay every day for a month.

While in April, a 16-foot basking shark was seen swimming briefly next to a boat in Portloe Bay, Truro, Cornwall.

Harmless sharks have been spotted off Kim's Bay on Akel Island in County Mayo
Some onlookers are heard in panic in the video

In the same month, a paddleboarder object was captured Surrounded by 20-foot basking sharks in dramatic images Taken in Porthcorno, Cornwall.

The video clip shows the sharks spinning around a paddleboard with photographer Michael Amos, 20, who says out of fear, it’s a “privilege” for him to watch the amazing marine predators.

The marine photography and natural history student said: “I spent over an hour photographing them in excellent conditions.

“The clear waters in Porthcorno allowed me to get great views of them swimming on the rooftop.”

This species does not hibernate and is active all year round, making it more likely to be seen, especially in the warmer months such as in winter, when they generally dive to depths of up to 3,000 feet.

However, it is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list.

Aside from direct fishing, bycatch in trawl nets has been one of the many threats to basking sharks.

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