Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Porbeagle shark caught yards from popular UK beach

Fisherman lands two-metre long porbeagle shark off Chesil Beach, Dorset
Monday 26 October 2015

A two-metre long shark has been caught yards off one of Britain’s most popular tourist beaches.A fisherman hauled in the porbeagle shark – a close relative of the great white – just 300 yards off Chesil Beach, in Dorset.

Tourists were surprised when Jan Davey brought his unusual catch ashore and laid it on the shingle.

The 39-year-old sat astride the fish, which was so large that at least one visitor thought it was a surfboard, and opened its massive jaws to reveal rows of razor-sharp teeth.

Mr Davey, who caught the porbeagle in his net by accident while fishing, told the Dorset Echo: “I’ve been fishing here since I was 16.

“I’ve never seen anything like that so close to the shore.”

Porbeagles, which can grow up to more than three metres long, usually stay at least 10 miles offshore.

But this specimen got caught in Mr Davey’s trammel net near Chesil Cove.

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