Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Huge shark spotted in Cornwall harbour

An enormous basking shark has been delighting locals and tourists in Cornwall in what is believed to be the first such sighting in 20 years.

The beautiful creature accidentally swam into the Looe harbour on Sunday, where crowds gathered on the town's quayside and Banjo Pier to get a rare glimpse at such close quarters.

The animal was said to be between 8ft and 10ft and spent about an hour in the harbour, according to the BBC.

Looe lifeboat operations manager Dave Haines said it was the first time in nearly 20 years a basking shark had been seen in the river - and he took the opportunity to get some snaps.

According to The Sun, he said: "It's really unusual to see them there in the harbour. He went right in close to the people, I'd say he was around 8ft away.

"The shark just came in with the tide. He was trying to swim out to the river again, trying to find his way out the harbour.

"We were worried because last time they couldn't find their way out and we had to herd them out with the boats.

"He found his way out on his own though when the tide was coming in."

He added: "It was great to see him, it's not the sort of thing you see all the time - I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years to see another one."


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