When to seeJune to October
AboutThe blue shark is an open-ocean (or pelagic) species that visits UK seas in summer months. In the Atlantic, they appear to follow a clockwise route, following the Gulf Stream to the UK from the Caribbean and returning there following the Atlantic North Equatorial Current. Blue sharks are active predators and feed mainly on small fish and squid - though they have been known to take seabirds and other small sharks too. They even feed on fish that live near the seabed and have been recorded at depths of up to 350m. The largest blue shark ever caught in UK seas weighed a whopping 256lbs (116kg) and measured over 9ft (2.74m).
How to identifyA slim torpedo shaped shark with metallic blue colouration on top and white underneath. They have distinctively long pectoral (front) fins.
In our area
Blue sharks are mainly an oceanic species but are highly migratory and can be found in Irish waters from July to October time. The arrival of these species sharks is often associated with the sea surface temperature reaching 15oC. As the temperatures rise during the Summer months huge shoals of Mackerel arrive , bringing with them Blue Sharks!
When looking for these beautiful sharks Downings and Port-na-blagh in North Donegal are popular blue shark areas. Harbours throughout Cork, Galway and Clare are also key areas for spotting these sharks.