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Chilling footage of Irish kayaker’s close encounter with a shark off Kilkee coast

RECENTLY, a shiver of around 20 basking sharks was spotted off the coast of Co. Clare.

The sharks – which reach up to 8m in length – were seen swimming close to the shore near Kilkee.

That news would make most people want to stay clear of the Atlantic ocean, but one brave kayaker wanted to see the amazing fish up close.

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“Everything was dropped, kayak loaded and off we went”, wrote some members of WISKA (West of Ireland Sea Kayaking Association).

In a scene reminiscent of Jaws, the kayaker catches footage of a fin visible above the water, then gets an incredible view of one the basking sharks as it swims right by.

The amazing video was first shared by Storyful 

Watch it here: 


Katy Harrington

Katy Harrington is Digital and Features Editor at The Irish Post. Follow her on Twitter @tweetkatyh

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10 comments on “Chilling footage of Irish kayaker’s close encounter with a shark off Kilkee coast”

  1. Daithio

    It's a basking shark. Harmless.

  2. Murt Dineen

    This ararticle is an absolute disgrace. The reporter should be fired based on their complete lack of research. Very shoddy work, very poor indeed.

    • Katy Harrington

      Hi Murt. Thanks for the comment. Just wondering what part of the article you find disgraceful? Best wishes, Katy.

  3. Tony Hartney

    What idiot wrote this report?

    • Katy Harrington

      Hi Tony. I wrote this article. My name appears in the byline at the top left-hand corner of the story. Many thanks for the comment, Katy.

  4. Netsy

    Katy don't you understand? Basking sharks are harmless - thats the problem with your article

    • Katy Harrington

      Hi Netsy,
      Harmless as they may be, I don't think it's misleading in any way to say it's chilling to see such a huge creature in the water right next to you. Maybe you're just a lot braver than me. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Danny

    Misleading article im afraid. Basking Sharks are harmless. I've ofter approached them. They just want to get away from humans.

  6. Peter oloughlin

    What a poorly researched article.
    I would expect to see this sort of tripe on Irish central or some other slapstick American publication, not the post!
    I really think that the post hq needs to take a long hard look at who they are hiring as 'journalists' these days.
    Very poor

    • Katy Harrington

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for the comment.
      I disagree that the article is poorly researched, but we do listen to our readers and really appreciate that you take the time to give us your feedback.
      It does shape what we do.
      Best wishes,


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