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Keem Bay, Achill Island

Keem Bay lies at the western end of Achill Island, which in turn lies on the west coast of Ireland and is part of County Mayo. This picturesque bay is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.


Until the 1970s this bay used to be one of the main places for the local basking shark fishing industry. These sharks are the second largest fish on earth and grow up to 10m (32 ft) long.

"At the end of April each year, hardy Irish fishermen would go after the muldoans, as they were known, stretching an entangling net across Achill's Bay of Keem and taking up to 30 sharks a day until the end of the season in August. Up to 1800 sharks were taken each year between 1951 and 1955, but from 1956 the catch declined significantly." from www.fathom.com/course/21701777/session4.html

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Uploaded on February 20, 2007