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WATCH: Shark swims into harbour at St Ives


Published by Emma Carton at 5:25am 17th July 2018. (Updated at 3:36pm 17th July 2018)

This is definitely something you do not see every day - a rare shark swimming in a Cornish harbour.

Two teenagers who filmed the fish at St Ives believe it could have been a blue or a thresher.

Harry Hocking and his mate Archie Pickin were about to start working the boats when they spotted the creature.

They posted the video on social media on Monday morning and, unsurprisingly, it is going viral.

Video: Harry Hocking and Archie Pickin

Harry told Pirate FM there were not that many people around but the crowds soon arrived.

"Being down here, living down here all my life I've seen quite a lot but the sharks are rare and I think it's even better for the people down on holiday at the time.

"It was about 9.30am so there wasn't very many people but once we got on the slipway and we were talking about it, there were about 30-40 people lined up across the harbour.

"I was about to jump out and tie the boats on the line when a shark came into the harbour and it was about 3-4 metres from the shore.

"It was about 7-8 feet. It didn't look like a basking shark. It might have been a blue fin or a thresher which are quite rare sharks".

Mike also caught the fish on camera after spotting it while he was drinking his morning coffee!

What do we know about blue sharks?

Location: One of the most widespread larger animals on the planet, found in all temperate and tropical seas.

Size: Mature at around 2.2m, females are usually bigger, and can grow up to 3.8m in length.

Habitat: Coastal and oceanic seas, ranging from surface waters to 600m in depth.

"Blue sharks have been extensively studied, and through tagging and tracking studies we know that the sharks perform impressive, seasonal migrations across the Atlantic, using trans-oceanic currents to aid their migrations.

"The Atlantic population is believed to be one stock, seasonally moving between mating areas in the north west Atlantic and pupping areas in the north east Atlantic.

"A larger nursery area has also been identified in the north central Atlantic".

Marine Conservation Society

You can read the official opinion from the experts here.

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