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Holidaymakers in Devon were astonished to witness a shark frolicking in the water in the harbour of the picturesque seaside town of Brixham.
Tourists and locals were surprised to see the large fish flipping around in the waters mere meters from the coast as it splashed around near the surface of the water.
Visitor Aiden Walters was in the right spot at the right time and successfully whipped out his camera to record footage of the animal encounter on Friday afternoon.
Video showed the dorsal and tail fins of the shark breaking through the top of the water as the animal twisted around close to the surface, with it’s dark, shadowy skin visible in the dark water.
Seconds later, the animal treated onlookers to a show as it flipped over exposing it’s white underside.
The animal wriggled around in the sea before disappearing from view as it swam back in to the depths.
Speaking to DevonLive, Mr Walters said: "We had just finished walking along the breakwater when several families started to shout “seal”, “shark” etc so we walked over to see what it was.
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"I was very surprised to see it in so shallow but I’m assuming that this could’ve been due to the severe weather and storms we’ve been experiencing. Whilst it was within the harbour, it was trying to eat the bait various tourists were using for crabbing."
Local fisherman identified the animal as a Blue Shark – which is not common in the UK – which can grow to over 10 foot in length.
Mr Walters continued: ”I appreciate it looks like there is multiple sharks however it is just the one, the slight movement from the top right was seaweed. I had it confirmed by Brixham Life (the trawler Facebook group).
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“Not only that I’ve had several other people confirm this. It looks very similar to what’s known as a ‘Tope’ but it’s definitely a blue shark."
Blue sharks are said to be at risk in the eyes of conservationists, with the fish added to the Priority List in the UK in 2010 under the Biodiversity Framework.
The Wildlife Trust describes the shark as: “an open-ocean (or pelagic) species that visits UK seas in summer months.
“Blue sharks are active predators and feed mainly on small fish and squid – though they have been known to take seabirds and other small sharks too.”
The animals are traditionally found at least 10 miles from shore – making the sighting from the Devonshire coast rare.
Blue sharks have been known to attack humans in the past – however only 13 bites were recorded over the space of over 400 years between 1580 and 2013.
Four of the bites proved fatal – statistically making attacks cause a 30% chance of death.
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