Basking shark may have escaped

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A basking shark which had been stranded for more than a week in Loch Ob on Barra may have found its way to freedom.

The tidal-fed sea loch on the east coast of Barra could only have been accessed by the animal at a very high tide which was needed again to allow its esape.

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The shark has not been seen for a few days so it is hoped that it has found its way safely back to sea. Local people remember the last time a shark was trapped in the loch was in the 1950s but on that occasion the animal unfortunatly died as it couldn’t access enough food.

Pictures by Chris Denehy of Clear Water Paddling.