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Killer Sharks Spotted Off Cornwall

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3:28pm 18th July 2013
(Updated 3:28pm 18th July 2013)

A diver has come face to face with blue sharks off the Cornish coast.

Five of the species swarmed around Charles Hood's boat when he was ten miles out from Penzance.

They can reach up to twelve foot long, and have been known on rare occasions to attack and kill humans.

Charles said he never felt in danger: "Five of them turned up. They were fine, little puppy dogs of the sea as we call them. At first slighlty apprehensive, but once you get to know the behaviour of the sharks, then it was obvious they were just in crusing mode as opposed to attack mode.

"You learn to understand their behaviour, it's probably a bit like dealing with a dog. You know if it's an aggressive dog or if it's going to come up and roll over, and that's a bit like sharks. They do display threatening behviour before they attack."

It is unusual for the creatures, which usually feed in the Atlantic Ocean, to come closer to shore.


It is thought they may have been lured in by the heatwave and warmer sea temperatures.

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Richard Pierce, Chairman of The Shark Trust, said: "They're just really cool, really nice guys. I would say immediately that whilst yes, they are on a list of sharks that have been known on occasion to be dangerous to man, there's never been one in-the-water incident that I'm aware of in Cornwall.

"I can't say they're harmless little bunny rabbits, but there are incidents involving Alsatian dogs and Labradors too. If you see sharks, don't panic, relax and enjoy them. The chance of you getting hurt is so slim I would forget it."

Photos courtesy of Charles Hood.

3:28pm 18th July 2013

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