I never really thought of the UK as a hotspot for marine life spotting but a report on BBC news this morning has led me to reconsider my assessment. If you are planning to a trip to Cornwall any time soon then you may have the opportunity to see the elusive basking shark. Coming in at a length that averages between 6m to 8m (making it the second largest shark in the world), the basking shark is a truly magnificient creature. So it is a privilege that so many make it the west coast of the UK around this time of the year as part of their annual migration. In fact, they are now coming to the UK in their hundreds.

But basking sharks are not all you might find in Cornwall. Local operators such as Marine Discovery Penzance and Orca Sea Safaris offer the opportunity to spot dolphins, seals, jellyfish and exotic fish.

So if you want to see some incredible marine life then head down to Cornwall. Now is your opportunity. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this footage of basking sharks filmed off the coast of Cornwall:

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