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Warming UK waters will attract newer shark types

By Emily Beament

New types of sharks could be heading to UK waters as a result of warming seas, experts have said.

A new study has revealed 10 species of sharks currently found in warmer parts of the world, such as hammerheads and blacktip sharks, may be swimming in British seas within 30 years as the climate changes.

And a new "shark map" reveals the places where the fish are already found in UK waters.

It names Cornwall as the country's shark capital with at least 20 species found off the coast, followed by the Scilly Isles and Devon.

An estimated 10 million small and 100,000 larger sharks from 40 different species are found in the seas around the UK.

Dr Ken Collins from the University of Southampton said: "It's likely we will be seeing more sharks spread from warmer regions such as the Mediterranean Sea towards our waters in the UK over the next 30 years.

"These include the likes of blacktips, sand tigers and hammerheads."

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