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The harpooning of a Basking Shark, Loch Ranza Bay

The harpooning of a Basking Shark, Loch Ranza Bay

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LOCATION: Lochranza
PERIOD: 1760s
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: INVERNESS:North Uist
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: Fraser Mackintosh (illustrations)
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1776
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This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows the harpooning of a basking shark at Loch Ranza Bay. The shark was said to have measured twenty seven feet and four inches. In Scotland it is known as the 'sailfish' because the dorsal fin is visible above water.The Basking Shark inhabits most areas situated off the western coasts of the northern seas



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_351A_2_P192

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