Are there sharks in the UK?

Where are sharks found in the UK?

The closest there’s been to a great white shark in England is a female caught in the Bay of Biscay in 1977, almost 170 miles off the coast of Cornwall. In 2014, a tagged great white called Lydia was the very first to be documented crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge although she was still 1,000 miles from our shores.

How common are shark attacks in England?

While shark attacks are incredibly rare in Britain, with no unprovoked attacks said to have occurred since records began in 1847, over the years a few unlucky chaps have found themselves in too deep.

Are there sharks in Cornwall?

There have been many sightings of blue sharks off the Cornish coast over the years, especially off west Cornwall. Blue sharks only visit British waters in the summer during their trans-Atlantic migrations. They rarely bite humans. The Cornish waters are also popular with basking sharks and sometimes porbeagle sharks.

Are there sharks in UK beaches?

In the UK, there have been multiple sightings of both basking and porbeagle sharks in recent months, with members of the public spotting them closer to the shore than usual. Basking sharks have also been spotted off Eastbourne over the last few years – while a tope shark was spotted along the coast in West Sussex.

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Are there sharks in Spain?

The sighting of such a shark is not common in Spanish waters. Earlier this year, a baby blue shark was seen in La Coruna. The sightings came after a shark washed up on a beach in Benidorm with wounds that appeared to have been caused by a swordfish.

Do you get sharks in Bournemouth?

Marc Kativu-Smith, Dorset Wildlife Trust coastal centres manager, told the Echo that “the public are often surprised to find out that we have sharks in Dorset,” but that “they have always been here and are an important part of our seas.” He added: “Sadly over 50% of British sharks are threatened or near threatened.

Are there sharks in the Thames?

There are sharks in the River Thames. Though parts of the river were declared “biologically dead” in 1957, the Thames is now home to three kinds of sharks: the tope, starry smooth-hound and spurdog, according to the Zoological Society of London.