Basking Shark - Between Vatersay and Mingulay

Vatersay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

Type:Flora and Fauna - Marine Life

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If you take one of the regular boat trips to Mingulay you are almost guaranteed to see one of these huge creatures. It is the second largest fish in the ocean and is a regular visitor in the summer to our coastal waters, particularly visible in July and August.

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