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Amazing close-up footage of blue sharks in Cornwall

Amazing close-up footage of blue sharks in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:00am 15th September 2019.

A woman from Cornwall has shared incredible close-up footage of blue sharks.

Emily Stevenson co-founded the beach-clean environmental group, Beach Guardian.

However this week, the eco-champion has spent some time filming fish off the coast of Falmouth.

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An eco-champion from Cornwall has shared incredible close-up footage of blue sharks off Cornwall. Photo: Beach Guardian

Emily, who can normally be found on the beach of north Cornwall collecting litter, saw several blues on board Anglo Dawn.

At one point, one was less than half a metre in front of her!

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Beach Guardian's Emily Stevenson filmed the creatures during a boat trip off the coast of Falmouth. Photo: Beach Guardian

"Oh my goodness what a day! Common dolphins, a minke whale, blue fin tuna and, of course, the blue sharks.

"What a phenomenal day. I'm still lost for words to describe how incredible it was and I'm feeling so lucky to call this place home.

"Hopefully from watching that, like me, you have totally fallen in love with blue sharks and quite right too. As a species, they are incredible.

"All in all, blue sharks are just totally unique, immensely impressive and just spectacular as a species".

Emily Stevenson

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Emily, who can normally be found picking up little on the beaches of north Cornwall, shared the shark video to raise awareness. Photo: Beach Guardian

What do we know about the blue shark?

"The blue shark is an open-ocean (or pelagic) species that visits UK seas in summer months. 

"In the Atlantic, they appear to follow a clockwise route, following the Gulf Stream to the UK from the Caribbean and returning there following the Atlantic North Equatorial Current. 

"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. 

"They even feed on fish that live near the seabed and have been recorded at depths of up to 350m. 

"The largest blue shark ever caught in UK seas weighed a whopping 256lbs (116kg) and measured over 9ft (2.74m)".

The Widlife Trusts

You can read more about the species here.

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Emily, who wants to see tougher catch limits on all shark species around the world, described the experience as a privilege. Photo: Beach Guardian

Emily is trying to raise awareness about the species and would like to see tougher catch limits around the world.

"Here's a sobering thought for you. Blue sharks are actually one of the widely-fished species of sharks.

"The Marine Conservation Society estimates that globally, twenty million of them are caught every single year.

"When I found that statistic out, I actually just burst into tears because I can't believe the privilege and the pleasure that I had in the water with them; what an incredible species they are.

"It just really puts into perspective how we value one form of life over others and I just can't believe this is happening".

Emily Stevenson

Emily shares a video of her beach cleans and activities on the Beach Guardian page every Tuesday, including this week's shark special...

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