Eilidh Beck was kayaking at Newtown Bay in Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae in Scotland, when she spotted the eight-metre-long animal swimming in the water.
Incredible footage shows a huge basking shark swimming just meters from kayakers in a bay in Britain.
Eilidh Beck was kayaking at Newtown Bay in Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, on Sunday May 8 when she spotted the roughly eight-metre-long animal in the water.
Footage shows the shark’s fin and tail sticking out of the water as it swims near the island on the Ayrshire coast.
Eilidh, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, can be heard in the clip saying: “It’s amazing. We’re kayaking with sharks.”
She added: “We were in the water for ten minutes when we spotted the shark swimming in the bay.
“It was about 14 feet long and I would say the closest one of our kayaks was about two feet.
“We met up with our friend John and the three of us sat watching the shark for a good 30 minutes before letting it go about its business.
“Our waters have been pretty amazing and they’re getting better every year.
“My friend Catriona and I are away almost every day, weather permitting.
“The day before, we had the chance to come across a group of more than ten dolphins.
“Two years ago I had the pleasure of kayaking with two pilot whales in the bay, which was amazing.”
Eilidh raised concerns that a fish farm project in the area could put an end to such sightings in the future.
She added: “Unfortunately there is a fish farm that is asking for a license and if they get it it will be the end of our amazing sea life that we have around.
“It will be a very sad day if that happens.”
Another kayaker, John Wright, remains calm and collected as the shark approaches within five meters of him.
He then uses his paddles to keep himself from getting too close to the huge sea animal.
Eilidh shared the clip on social media later that day (May 8), writing, “Today sharks.”
The video attracted over 10,000 views and dozens of comments from amazed social media users.
Nichola Low said: “Eek, I have no chance of going in that water now.”
AJ Barr said: “I think you’re going to need a bigger boat.”
Sorrel Conquest said: “Wow would love to see one. Although my sister was once off the coast of Devon waterskiing and suddenly saw one right next to her she almost had a heart attack.”
Basking sharks, when fully grown, can measure between 20 and 33 feet and weigh over 5,000 kg.
It is the largest fish in the UK and the second largest shark in the world behind the whale shark.
They occupy shallow coastal waters in spring and summer, to bask in the sun, hence their name.
It comes after an absolutely massive shark was recently spotted further afield – off the coast of a US state.
The large animal weighing 1,000 pounds and measuring 12 feet long was identified as a Northwest Atlantic white shark by a non-profit marine research group, which detected the shark, named ‘Ironbound’, at the off the coast of New Jersey late last month.
Ironbound was first marked on October 3, 2019, near West Ironbound Island – where it gets its name.
The island is located near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
According to non-profit marine research group OCEARCH, the shark is believed to weigh 450 kilograms and measure 3.7 meters in length.