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Twenty basking sharks spotted off coast of Clare

The basking shark is the second largest fish in the world.

UP TO TWENTY basking sharks were spotted off the coast of Clare yesterday.

Wildlife conversationalist Andrew Power tweeted out photos of the sharks swimming close to the shore near Kilkee.

The basking shark is the second largest fish in the world, reaching up to 10m in length.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group also reported that another group was spotted feeding off Slea Head, Co Kerry at around the same time.

The group said “with inshore sightings now reported from Cork, Kerry and Clare in the past two weeks, it seems that basking sharks are now widespread along the Irish southwest”.

Power told RTÉ : “They were feeding actively for about three hours. You could see the inside of their huge mouths very clearly under the water as the were feeding.

They swam close to the rocks going in circles. It was incredible.

He described seeing the sharks as the highlight of his day.

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