Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: Is This A Great White Shark Off Cornwall?

shark
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

5:27am 17th September 2014
(Updated 5:27am 17th September 2014)

Is this the proof some shark experts have been waiting for?

Video has emerged that shows a shark swimming off the coast of Cornwall, and there is speculation it could be a Great White.

It was shot by Redruth fisherman Nigel Hodge, who wrote on Facebook: "The deck is 24ft and I would guesstimate that the fish was half the length of that with ease.

"The water was heavily chummed as I had a whole days bait to use up in half a day."

The film shows the creature swimming alongside the boat in the sunshine off Falmouth.

Author of The Shark Fisherman, David Turner, said: "Could be any of Mako, Porgie or Great White. The footage doesn't show any defining features. It's not to chubby for a Mako. I have seen two up close off Falmouth and a large one (600lb plus) was reportedly netted off the Manacles last week.

"Big Makos are quite broad accross the shoulders, I have stuck gaffs in the mouths of two 350lb plus Makos but if the fish was 14ft long it probably was a Great White, it wouldn't be the first off Falmouth."

But not everybody is convinced.

Ali Hood is director of conservation at the Shark Trust. She told Pirate FM: "We've seen this footage. The Shark Trust consulted various Great White experts who have analysed this footage frame by frame and have concluded, to use their words, this is a hundred percent not a white shark.

"Clearly it's a young basking shark - evidenced by the shape and position of fins and various other traits including movement and the feeding action of the shark.

"We're yet to have a verified sighting of a white sharks in our waters. We do have an environment that is suitable. There is an appetite for the excitement associated with such a species. But we shouldn't overlook the species that are native to our waters - Cornish waters have a fantastic diversity of sharks."

The closest verified sighting of a Great White shark to Cornwall was off La Rochelle in France in the 1970s, but experts think it may be a matter of time before we have another closer to home.

Earlier this year a great white named Lydia was briefly swimming towards the southwest from America. After making it 19,000 miles she turned around with 1,000 miles to go.

Watch the Falmouth video here and make up your own mind...

Source: Nigel Hodge/Facebook

5:27am 17th September 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
cctv project

VIDEO: CCTV Watches In West Cornwall

Scheme to cut crime 'helping' police prosecutions

dolphin_thumbnail

PHOTOS: Did A 'Shark Bite' Kill This Dolphin?

WARNING: You may find these images upsetting

Most read
police line

UPDATE: Woman Dies After A30 Crash

A toddler suffered minor injuries after the collision involving a tractor

police tape

Alleged Assault Cordons Off Cornish Park

It happened in Wadebridge and one man has been arrested

Top articles

PHOTOS: Did A 'Shark Bite' Kill This Dolphin?

Cornwall News: WARNING: You may find these images upsetting

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Midwife shortage makes women feel like 'cattle' during childbirth

National News: Half of all women in labour experience a "red flag" event where basic care is delayed or undelivered, according to new research.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Sky's The Young Pope wins over hearts at US premiere

Showbiz News: Sky Atlantic's The Young Pope has premiered in the US to rave reviews, with critics calling it "wickedly funny and insightful".

Why European Parliament's presidential elections matter for Brexit

World News: For Eurosceptics, the European Parliament is the institution which represents all that's wrong with the European Union: unrepresentative, expensive and ineffective, they say. 

Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open

Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.

A moo-ving story: Cow rescued from swimming pool in Oklahoma

Strange News: A bovine visitor took a fancy to a neighbourhood swimming pool and couldn't resist an early morning dip.

Newer article

Bodmin Gets A Jobs Boost

Cornwall News: 50 new roles are being created as the council moves to new offices.

Older article

'I Felt Powerless To Help': Mum Watches Daughter Swept Out To Sea

Cornwall News: 13 year old girl airlifted to hospital after battling a rip current on the Roseland

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.