It is said that the sight of basking sharks feeding in the waters close to the coastline is a sign of fine, settled weather conditions.
This appears to be the case in West Clare today where three basking sharks have been observed in the water below Baltard Cliffs, near Doonbeg.
Photographer Billy Ryan managed to take a picture of one of the sharks this morning.
Ireland’s largest fish, the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus), can grow up to 12m in length. It feeds only on minute plankton and tiny fish.