Eilidh Beck was kayaking at Newtown Bay in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae in Scotland when she spotted the eight-metre-long animal swimming in the water
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Incredible footage shows a huge basking shark swimming just metres away from kayakers in a bay in Britain.
Eilidh Beck was kayaking at Newtown Bay in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, on Sunday (May 8) when she spotted the approximately eight metre long animal in the water.
Footage shows the shark’s fin and tail sticking out above the water as it swims around close to the island on the Ayrshire coast.
Eilidh, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, can be heard in the clip saying: “This is amazing. We are kayaking with sharks.”
She added: “We were in the water for ten minutes when we spotted the shark swimming in the bay.
“It was about 14ft long and I would say the closest it got to any of our kayaks was about two feet away.
“We met our friend John and the three of us sat watching the shark for a good 30 minutes before letting it go about its business.
“Our waters have been pretty amazing and they are getting better every year.
“My friend Catriona and I are out most days, when weather permits.
“The day before we were lucky to come across a pod of ten plus dolphins.
“Two years ago I had the pleasure of kayaking with two pilot whales in the bay, which was amazing.”
Eilidh raised concern that a proposed fish farm in the area could stop sightings like this in the future.
She added: “Unfortunately though, there is a fish farm applying for a license and if they get it that will be the end to our amazing sea life that we have around.
“It’s going to be a very sad day if this happens.”
Another kayaker, John Wright, is shown remaining calm and collected as the shark comes within less than five metres of him.
He then uses his paddles to keep himself from moving too close to the massive sea animal.
Eilidh shared the clip on social media later on that day (May 8), writing: “Today sharks.”