The marine news has been coming thick and fast this autumn. Hot on the heals of the Pygmy Sperm Whale in Gwynedd a stunning female Mako shark sadly washed ashore on Barmouth beach, also Gwynedd. Mako’s are uncommon visitors to our waters and have sadly declined by around 50% as a result of fishing practices. For more info on them see here
These sharks are closely related to Great White Sharks are simply phenomenal predators. Interestingly another was caught off the Pembrokeshire coast last year which could indicate a slight warming of our oceanic waters.
This animal was autopsied by Marine Enviromental Monitoring and found to contain a Harbour Porpoise.
On a happier note, its great to be able to report that Lydia, the Great White Shark, that teased with Irish waters earlier this year, is still fighting fit and looking to start a return journey back our way. She’s currently hanging out on the Grand Banks and in theory she should start heading east again soon. How close will she come this time around??
Lydia was the first documented Great White Shark to cross the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. From her tagging off Florida she has cruised north and east before returning to her original tagging location and starting the entire circular migration again. There is every chance that she, or other Great Whites could make into Irish Oceanic waters such as the Porcupine Bight off Co Kerry. We can only keep our fingers crossed as I for one would do anything to see a Great White in British or Irish waters! For more info and some pretty great images have a look here:
You can literally follow her on Twitter @RockStarLydia as well as White Shark research in general @A_Whiteshark, and @OCEARCH
And lastly Leona, the Loggerhead Turtle. She was found back in November 2013 on the beach at Seafield, Quilty, Co Clare in poor health. She was taken to Galway Atlantiquarium where she was treated and slowly gained strength and mass. Fast forward a year and with a lot of effort and support all round, including an Aer Lingus flight, Leona has found herself back in the waters off the Canary Islands complete with a satellite tag. After a superstar wave off she has been making good progress and is currently heading south off Tenerife. It will be fascinating to see where the next year of her life takes her. You can read a full story of her recovery on the IWDG page here.
For up to date movements and more information on the tracking of Leona check out the webpage here. Or to follow her movements on twitter find her @Leonaslog