Up until recently, the winter habits of the basking sharks has remained a mystery. With the help of a satellite, scientists have been able to study their migrations in the North-east Atlantic ocean. Scientists used to believe that the sharks hibernate in the waters off of the UK and Ireland. It is important to know their locations so that they can be protected.
Basking sharks face many issues including commercial fishing, boat strikes and ocean noise. They are considered endangered in north-east Atlantic waters and vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.