Wordless Wednesday: Basking Beauty

close up of a basking shark with a trail of air bubbles
a basking shark in the Moray Firth with a paddle boarder
a basking shark swimming in the Moray Firth with mist and low cloud

We were treated to a rare visit by basking sharks yesterday who came to feed on the plankton in the Moray Firth before starting their long migration to warmer climes.

They were swimming and feeding close to paddle boarders, kayaks and sailing boats and the people aboard featured in many of my photographs as a result.

If you recognise yourself in the image above or the slideshow below please get in touch through the contact form and I’ll be happy to send you a copy of the photograph.

  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • paddle boarders and basking shark
  • a basking shark with a man in a paddle boat
  • a woman on a paddle board and a man in a paddle boat watching a feeding basking shark
  • people on paddle boards, in paddle boats and kayaks watching a feeding basking shark
  • a man on a paddle board beside a sailing boat watching a feeding basking shark

We were watching from the shore and it was lovely to see these gentle giants.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #45

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Zephyr

Author: Tranature - quiet moments in nature

The stories, poems and photographs on Tranature are the original creative work of Xenia Tran, inspired by the natural surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

33 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Basking Beauty”

    1. Thank you kindly dear Cathy, it was a treat to see and they pulled quite a crowd along the shore and on the water πŸ’™πŸ¦ˆ Enjoy the rest of your evening and much love from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Karina, it was amazing to see them πŸ˜€ I read the shark that was tagged in Ireland was seen on the West coast of Scotland recently and the dorsal fin looked very similar to one of the sharks I saw yesterday. I took a photograph of it and will send a copy to the Irish team that tagged it. I could see only three basking sharks and was told there were actually five hereπŸ’šπŸ¦ˆ

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        1. Thank you so much for the link dear Karina, the footage is amazing! There’s something very special about the way they interact with each other and with humans too πŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza, it was a real treat to see these gentle creatures πŸ’šπŸ¦ˆ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Dries, it was a rare treat to see them on the East coast as they’re usually seen on the West coast of Scotland πŸ€—πŸ¦ˆ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jez, what a treat to see and lovely to hear you’ve encountered them up close too – it must have been amazing! πŸ˜€πŸ¦ˆ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim, it was an amazing experience and brought a lot of joy to our community πŸ’šπŸ¦ˆ xxx

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