‘Shark’ spotted swimming near shore of Brit beach – leaving lads ‘screaming’
A supposed shark fin was spotted cutting through water just yards from the shore of a UK beach, causing a couple of mates to "freak out".
The intimidating predator was pictured manoeuvring around the shallows on Friday evening, April 30, at Hove Lawns, Sussex.
Ty Coates caught what he believes to be a shark on camera when on a walk with a pal, and his footage has since been seen online more than a million times.
The pair admitted to becoming overwhelmed with excitement at the potential sight of a shark on England's south coast, The Argus reports.
Ty said: “We went down there for a walk yesterday, then we saw it, my friend was sort of freaking out. We were both running around in circles, just screaming.
“When we calmed down and got our composure we recorded it.”
He shared the video clip with the caption: “You will never believe what we saw today.”
During the footage, Ty can be heard gasping “oh my god”.
Ty said: “I have never heard of anything like this here before. I didn’t know you could get sharks in England or in Brighton.
“It was big, and some comments on my social media said the shark looked huge. People said you can see them in the UK, but it's very rare. Perhaps it went near the shore if it was pregnant.”
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The Shark Trust states 21 species of shark call UK waters their home throughout the year, but rarely do they pay such close visits to beaches and none of them are "dangerous".
Last week, a giant 17ft great white shark was reported swimming in the UK's direction which would make it the second in history to cross the Atlantic.
The 253 stone female shark Nukumi usually swims up and down the west coast of America and Canada.
In what has been called a highly unusual move, the 50-year-old matriarch – the largest ever tagged in the region by scientists who are monitoring her – took a swerve east, across the Atlantic.
Professor David Sims says reduced marine traffic during lockdown could lie behind a huge invasion of sharks along the British coast.
He said: "During the main lockdown period in March – July 2020 in Europe, large pelagic sharks such as blue sharks were seen venturing into very shallow water and in harbours and marinas.
"This has been put down to 'quieter' seas, as fewer passenger, fishing and tourism vessels were operating at that time."
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