Sunday, 6 November 2011

Great white shark feared to be in English Channel

A GREAT white shark was last night feared to be in the English Channel after another man-eater was savaged.

A 5ft blue shark washed up on a beach had a giant bite mark, suggesting it had been attacked by an even bigger predator.

A dog walker who discovered the dead shark sent pictures to experts who said it could have been attacked by a Jaws-like killer.

Vet nurse Nikki Lambert, 27, who found it on Camber Sands in East Sussex and emailed photos to the Marine Conservation Society, said: ““It had a hole just behind its flipper through which you could see its internal organs.

“I was told that the only animals who would attack a blue shark like this would be a great white shark or a killer whale.

“But I suppose it’s possible the wound was made after it was dead by a dog or birds.”
Blue sharks, which can grow to 12ft and have killed humans, have previously been found off England’s west coast.

There has been no confirmed great white sighting in British waters but, with warmer seas, Richard Peirce of the Shark Trust said there was a “good chance” they would stray here.

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