Huge porbeagle shark spotted off the coast of Cornwall
Huge 9ft sharks have been spotted by fishermen off the coast of Cornwall as the bank holiday weekend approaches.
With gaping jaws, huge teeth and large dorsal fins, the fish have been mistaken by great whites in the past but swimmers can rest assured that they are far less dangerous.
The porbeagle sharks seen swimming near Boscastle should be “handled with care” because of their large and powerful jaws but rarely attack humans, according to the Shark Trust.
Mark Nelson, an amateur fisherman from Mountain Ash in Wales, was four miles from the port when he caught one of the giant fish earlier this month.
The 400lb shark was too large to get into his boat and after battling for an hour-and-a-half, Mr Nelson measured it and let it swim away, the Telegraph reported.
Fellow angling enthusiast Simon Hughes posted pictures of the fishing trip on Facebook, saying it was “awesome” to see sharks of that size.
Gary Thomas, who ran the fishing trip with business partner Jerry Rogers, took photos of several huge sharks weighing up to an estimated 350lb.
Porbeagles, which are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, are among 30 species of sharks found in British waters.
They are hunted commercially in parts of the world and accidental catching by fisherman has contributed to their decline in the North Atlantic.
Conservation groups have campaigned against porbeagle fishing, saying not enough is being done to protect their numbers.
According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) there have only been two unprovoked shark attacks in England since 1847, neither of which were fatal.
Independent News Service