Yesterday a shark was spotted gliding majestically through a Plymouth marina – now more incredible footage has emerged of the beautiful creature.
The video, taken by Megan Parker, shows an up-close glimpse at the glorious shark, which is a relative of a great white.
The footage shows the shark thrashing around in the water in the marina.
Megan said: “Me and my friend didn’t think much of it at the time, but we have a close up video.”
Another local has captured the creature on camera too, but this time at Sutton Harbour marina.
Megan Boulton said she saw the blue shark in the water at the Barbican.
Summer Gilroy-Simpson, an ocean science student at the University of Plymouth, captured the original stunning footage of a shark that she says could be a porbeagle shark.
Summer says a local dad and his son Alfie Richmond first spotted the amazing sight and she managed to snap some pictures and video before it swam away.
She said: “The shark is a porbeagle shark which is listed as vulnerable on the The International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] red list and is a close relative of a great white shark.”
According to the Wildlife Trust, the porbeagle shark – most likely what was spotted in the marina – is a member of the shark family Lamnidae, making it one of the closest living relatives of the great white shark.
It adds that this type of shark is usually found in deeper water, where it hunts a variety of smaller fish including mackerel, whiting and herring, as well as octopus, squid and cuttlefish.
They can be found around all UK coasts, as well as in temperate waters world-wide and are often mistaken for the great white shark, leading to claims of great white sharks in UK waters.
But it’s actually only half the size of its relative at around 12 ft.
As Summer mentioned, it’s on the IUCN red list. This list has seven different levels: least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild, and extinct.
The porbeagle is vulnerable which means considered to be at high risk of unnatural (human-caused) extinction without further human intervention.
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