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Another Fisherman Spots "Great White Shark" In Cornwall, UK

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An experienced fisherman has said he spotted a 14ft shark possibly weighing more than 1,000lb swimming close to his boat on Wednesday near Looe, off the southern coast of Cornwall, England, UK.

David Bond saw the animal while on his shark fishing boat, Mystique.

The sighting came after a fisherman on board a lobster boat said he saw a "giant shark" swim alongside the vessel for a few seconds on Tuesday.

And, on Wednesday afternoon, a third fishing crew saw a huge fish breach the water, estimating the fin to be six or seven feet away from the tail, reports the Express.

None of the skippers believe it was a basking shark, huge plankton-eating animals often seen in Cornwall.

Other explanations could be a porbeagle or a mako, but it is believed this shark was bigger than these species generally grow. Shark expert David Turner told the Express: "A great white has to be a contender."

The news comes just days after attacks on blue sharks in the area** were possibly thought to have been carried out by a great white or an oceanic whitetip - the shark that targeted shipwrecked soldiers who clung to wreckage of the USS Indianapolis after it was torpedoed during the Second World War in the Pacific Ocean.

Last week, fisherman Nigel Hodge says he looked on as another shark attacked the blue shark he was reeling in near Falmouth.

Nigel told the Mirror: "As we brought it in closer we could see there were actually two sharks on the line. One was twice as big as the other – about 10ft in length, dark grey on top with a white underbelly, just like a great white.

"It became clear the smaller blue shark was being attacked by the bigger shark, and then suddenly the weight disappeared from the hook.

"The large shark seemed to roll off, flashing its white underbelly, before swimming off. It was like a large *shadow under the water."

Nigel added that the blue shark had been badly bitten upon inspection. Some experts said they believed it was the work of an oceanic whitetip.

However, not all experts agreed, and called it a silly season scare story.

According to the Falmouth Packet, a statement from the Shark Trust said: "The photos showed clear bite marks and were examined by Richard Peirce, other members of the Trust board, and a 'world acknowledged' bite and dentition expert in the US.

"The unanimous view was that the bite was not caused by a Lamnid shark (eg a Great White) but by a Carcharhinus or Requiem shark."
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**The attacks on the blue sharks in August 2013

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A deadly great white shark is feared to be roaming Britain’s coastline – and here the Sunday People publish pictures that could prove it.

Experienced fisherman Nigel Hodge watched in disbelief as a real-life Jaws tore apart a smaller blue shark on the end of his line.

The fearsome beast left devastating machete-like bite marks which an expert last night said could belong to the legendary man-eater.

Nigel, 43, who was fishing off the coast in Cornwall when the monster struck, said: “It was a terrifying sight. In over 30 years of fishing these waters I have never seen anything like it.”

The incident is now under investigation by experts. One, David Turner, 66, author of The Shark Fisherman, said yesterday: “There is no way this is a shark native to UK waters.”

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Bite marks show vicious attack

The great white – made notorious by the 1975 blockbuster movie Jaws – is the ultimate marine killing machine with its flesh-ripping razor-sharp teeth.

Although it usually eats other sea creatures, it attacks between five and 10 humans a year around the world and has killed 29 since 1990.

The beast that can measure 20ft and weigh two tons has long been feared to be prowling UK waters, which experts say mirror their key habitats off the coast of South Africa, Australia and northern California.

And Nigel’s dramatic encounter 20 miles off the coast of Falmouth last week could be the first * definite evidence. He said: “The blue shark looked like someone had taken a machete to it.

“There’s nothing round here that can do that sort of damage. I sent the *pictures to a shark expert and he *believes it could well be a great white. It’s *astonishing. I don’t want to panic people or be seen as alarmist, but whatever it is needs to be caught.”

Nigel, who runs a charter boat specialising in shark fishing, was taking a party of six people out for a day’s shark fishing last Friday *afternoon when the drama unfolded. Among them was Neal Taylor, 28, who snagged the blue shark on his line.

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Deadly: Great white

“He quickly realised that he’d got more than he’d bargained for as he was struggling to reel it in,” said Nigel. “He yelled out for help and I went rushing over.

“It was almost impossible to hold, as we tugged and struggled. It was really heavy and we knew we had something massive.

“As we brought it in closer we could see there were actually two sharks on the line.” One was twice as big as the other – about 10ft in length, dark grey on top with a white underbelly, just like a great white.

Nigel said: “It became clear the smaller blue shark was being attacked by the bigger shark, and then suddenly the weight disappeared from the hook.

“The large shark seemed to roll off, flashing its white underbelly, before swimming off. It was like a large *shadow under the water.

“We managed to keep the blue shark on the hook and when we got the catch into the boat we could see it had been badly bitten.”

The blue creature had several deep gashes all over its body. The party took photographs of the shark, which weighed 60lb, and then released it safely back.

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Scarred: Fisherman's photo of blue shark

Amazingly, Nigel says he may have first crossed paths with the *attacker shark four weeks ago in the same spot when it bit through a thick steel fishing line.

He said: “Sharks from round here just do not do that. I wondered then whether this would strike again and it did.”

Nigel‘s photos have already split opinion, with some experts believing the wounds could have been caused by a larger blue shark.

But Nigel and his wife Emma – also a keen angler with years of experience – are certain it wasn’t caused by any of the sharks that usually roam in the waters off Falmouth.

Water temperature off the UK coast in summer is ideal for great whites, ranging between 14C and 20C, while there are several seal colonies which are the shark’s favourite prey.

Great whites also use the currents of the Gulf Stream, which passes close to the British Isles, to travel huge *distances, possibly bringing some individuals into UK waters.

Nigel said: “I’ve seen enough blue sharks, makos, porbeagles and threshers to know that it wasn’t one of them that caused this. There’s no way they could have done it. Blue sharks have teeth like needles.

“The teethmarks are just too deep for any of the local fish to have done it. There’s no way this could have been caused by one of them.”

The closest capture of a great white was off La Rochelle, western France about 200 nautical miles from the UK.

Now Nigel says he can’t wait to go back and remove any doubt about the identity of the giant shark.

He added: “The only way I can know for sure what did this is to get back out there and catch it.”

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Re: Another Fisherman Spots "Great White Shark" In Cornwall, UK

this is the great white I spotted just a while ago....
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A marine group out of FL has tagged and tracked at least one Great White in the Gulf of Mexico. It was tracked last year at Grand Isle Louisiana.

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Re: Another Fisherman Spots "Great White Shark" In Cornwall, UK

I wonder if it is a Bull Shark.

Bull Sharks have been know to travel 100's of miles into fresh water rivers.

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I wonder if it is a Bull Shark.

Bull Sharks have been know to travel 100's of miles into fresh water rivers.
Could well be

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Re: Another Fisherman Spots "Great White Shark" In Cornwall, UK

Come on its the friggin ocean, its not like they can't swim there for a vacation, must have heard about the great cuisine in the UK

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