Great White Shark
September 5, 2011 by staff
Great White Shark, A potentially deadly blue shark has been washed ashore on the Outer Hebrides. The pregnant female 6 feet long was discovered by Martin Scott, RSPB director of conservation in the Western Isles, just days before a team of experts is seeking the seas surrounding the islands of great white sharks.
The islands are believed to be one of the two “clusters” in UK waters for whale great whites.
The blue shark was found in Barvas beach on the west side of the island of Lewis.
Mr. Scott recovered his body at the weekend, and the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth England want for testing.
“It was a shock,” said Mr. Scott, 41.
“I was walking along the beach when I noticed something in the algae. At first I thought it was a dead seal.’s When I approached her and began algae saw it was a shark 6 feet long with large the teeth. Fortunately, he was dead.
“There have been other reports of blue shark is found on a beach in Barra last year and other sightings in recent years, too.
He added: “It was a big surprise, but it only shows what is in our seas do not know why he died that will be part of research for the National Aquarium…”
Last month, a shark while on their honeymoon in the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles killed the Lancashire Ian Redmond.
Although there has been a series of attacks on humans attributed to blue sharks in the world – and a small number of deaths – there was no record of any water attack, opened in the UK.
However, in 2008, a fisherman underwent reconstructive surgery after becoming the first person to be bitten by a blue shark of the British coast.
Stephen Perkins, 52, had turned the beast on his boat two miles off the west coast of Lundy Island for a commemorative photograph when it sank its teeth into his forearm.
He was taken to hospital and underwent extensive surgery.
Experts believe it could be great whites in the waters of the Outer Hebrides are planning a search. Richard Pierce, chairman of the Shark Conservation Society, will lead the expedition, from September 16.
He said that blue sharks are commonly found in British waters, but especially to the south.
“They are summer visitors. Overall, I could see a blue shark unless six miles offshore,” he said. He said one of the two groups of “credible” sightings Great white shark in UK waters around the Western Isles.
“I think we tramp occasional visit Great Whites in our waters,” he said. “There are definitely enough stamps in the Outer Hebrides – which is a staple for them -. And we will visit the breeding season”
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