Enormous seven-metre shark filmed prowling Irish coastline in chilling footage
Stunning drone footage shows the enormous basking shark slicing through the blue waters off Keem Bay, Achill Island, Ireland.
The creature swims just a few hundred metres from the tourist beaches.
It has made an appearance every single day over the past month.
Keem Bay was once home to the largest basking shark fishery in the world and at its peak, up to 50 sharks were caught a day.
But in the 1980s the trade was stopped.
The basking shark is now listed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Achill Island Tourist Office videographer Sean Molloy captured footage of the peaceful giant lurking in the blue waters.
Sean said: “Its presence has drawn many people hoping to catch a glimpse of the creature.
“Keem Bay was actually the location of the largest basking shark fishery in the world.
“Over 9,000 sharks were caught there between 1950 and 1964. The last shark was caught in 1984.
“Overfishing and a lack of understanding of its life cycle led to a critical reduction in the numbers of sharks worldwide.
“In recent years, the numbers of sightings of basking sharks locally has increased substantially.
“Despite their large size and threatening appearance, basking sharks are not aggressive and are harmless to divers and snorkelers, just like whale sharks.”
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