On our way to the deserted Island of Mingulay, we come across a small school of three Basking Sharks. These huge, prehistoric looking fish move slowly through the water, filtering plankton and small crustaceans through their gill rakers. Despite their appearance they are non-aggressive and harmless to humans. Their conservation status is listed as vulnerable due to their over exploitation for food, shark fin, animal feed and shark liver oil.
In Scotland however, they are now protected and thrive in the coastal waters during the summer around the West coast.