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Basking Shark Spotted Off Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:48pm 9th May 2012. (Updated at 5:39pm 9th May 2012)

Basking sharks come to Cornwall a month early.

The first of the gentle giants has been spotted three miles off Mounts Bay.

Experts think the warmer spring weather probably attracted more plankton to our shores, which the creatures feed on.

 

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Penwith diving instructor Charles Hood says the shark was around twenty foot long:

"They're awe inspiring, really. You just can't appreciate how big they are. Even from a boat, it's only when you actually get in the water. But once you get used to them, they're sort of, really gentle giants. They're not going to do any harm at all.

"That warm period that we had earlier on in the year, brought some plankton to a small patch in Mounts Bay and the theory is that they're around all the time, and when the plankton comes the surface, obviously that's when you can see them, so there are probably a few more around."

 

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