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Surfers encounter more than 20 basking sharks off Ireland

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A surfer has managed to capture extraordinary footage of himself and three friends as they encountered more than 20 majestic basking sharks in the waters off the Co Clare coast in Ireland.

Ray O'Foghlu posted the amazing footage on Twitter over the weekend. He and his three friends had entered the water a short distance from where they all live, and discovered the bay was full of the large, but peaceful and gentle, plankton-feeders. They estimated there were more than 20 of the sharks, which are the second-largest species in the world behind the whaleshark.

The quartet spent some two hours in the presence of the sharks, with Ray describing the experience as ‘completely surreal'. He said: “We were mostly stationary, and they'd just cruise past, mouths agape.”

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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