A WARNING has been issued to beach goers after a shark was spotted in ankle-deep water just off the coast of a popular UK beach.
Experts have asked people to stay away after footage emerged of the beast, thought to be a blue shark, lurking off the shore of Falmouth, Cornwall.
Dan Jarvis, of the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue, told the BBC: “This is a real worry for us because they don’t normally come up so close to beaches like this.
“Our worry is that it is injured or unwell and might need some medical attention.
“Our advice is to ignore it and give it a wide berth.
“It could be disorientated and it’s best for our team to monitor it, to give it the space and time to do what it wants.
“It could have just come for a look and will swim off when it’s happy to, but if it’s unwell we don’t want to cause it any more stress by people getting into the water and interfering with it.”
Harry Gooby, who filmed the shark, also said at one point the beast appeared to try and beach itself.
“It’s snout came out of the water and onto the beach,” he said.
“It almost nuzzled underneath its neck on the beach.”
Blue sharks can grow up to 12ft in length.
The have been known to go for humans and for boats out in sea and are therefore classified as a “dangerous” species.
They generally prowl the waters of the Mediterranean, but they can also be found in British waters.
The latest sighting comes just weeks after a snorkeller suffered a leg injury when she was bitten by a shark while swimming off the coast of Cornwall
Local media suggests the woman had been out on a blue shark sightseeing trip at the time.
Recalling the incident, she said: “I just wanted to say that, despite how the trip ended, it was amazing to seed such majestic creatures in the wild and I don’t for a second want this freak event to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species.
“I wanted to thank everyone for their amazing actions.
“What was a very scary incident was made so much easier by the kindness and calmness of the people around me.
“Thank you to the trip team for getting me back to shore quickly and carefully and making me feel as safe as I possibly could.
“We all take these risks when we enter the habitat of a predator and we can never completely predict the actions of a wild animal.”
The alleged attack follows a number of sightings reported along the south coast of England this year as beach goers have been told to remain vigilant.
In April, astonishing pictures emerged of what locals in Plymouth, Devon, believed to be an unusual starry smooth-hound shark.
The species – spotted swimming in a marina yards from a busy a tourist spot – is a shallow water variety rarely spotted in the UK.
At the time, Mr Venn told The Brighton Argus: “I went down to the beach to feed the birds when I saw something come up just behind the waves.
“At the time I thought it was a seal but, when I looked at the photos again, I thought it doesn’t look like a seal.”
Mr Venn then sent his snaps to experienced shark fisherman Graeme Pullen, 70, who claimed it was “obviously a shark”.
Mr Pullen, who has been catching sharks for 45-years even suggested the fin could belong to a “small, immature great white” that came close to the shore to feed on seals and bass.
The claims were later rubbished by harbour experts who said the ‘fin’ was a boat part which had come loose.
The Blue Shark (Prionace glauca)
Maximum size: 3.8m
Babies: 4-135 pups a year (35 on average)
Habitat: Often found in the open ocean from the surface to depths of 600m. Prefers temperatures of 12-20°C but can tolerate 8–30°C.
Diet: Small fishes and squid – also sea birds
Credit – Shark Trust UK