The first basking shark sighting of the year so far north was made yesterday (Wednesday, May 29th) near by the Summer Islands.
The Summer Queen cruise boat from Ullapool was returning to home along the coast from Achiltibuie and saw a fin close to shore. On closer inspection this was discovered to be a large adult basking shark.
Basking sharks used to visit the Summer Isles in large numbers, but their numbers dropped when they were fished for oil.
There were concerns that the cold start to the year might hinder their passage north as basking shark, the second biggest fish in the world, feed on plankton at the surface of the sea and this is dependent on warmer waters.
Last year the Summer Isles were visited by Orca from the Shetland waters, a first for the area, and large pods of dolphin.
It is hoped that the presence of this large visitor is an indicator that summer is finally arriving.