Basking Shark Pays a Visit to English Harbor Town
The coast of Cornwall is no stranger to the enormous basking shark. Every year these peaceful giants gather in the coastal waters to graze on plankton. Sightings of the sharks have been unusually early this year. Scientists believe that this may be due to the unseasonably warm weather.
However, while sighting of basking sharks are expected this time of year, residents of Looe were astonished to see a shark swimming in their harbor.
Looe is a coastal town in Cornwall, and the last shark sighting in the harbor itself occurred over 20 years ago.
One local lifeboat operator Dave Haines said:
“I saw one there 20 years ago, and we think that was the last sighting, so I couldn’t believe it when I saw this one.
“It was great to see him, it’s not the sort of thing you see all the time – I hope I don’t have to wait another 20 years to see another one.”
The 10ft long shark apparently swam into the river harbor accidentally. At one point, the large but peaceful animal was within 8ft of people. Basking sharks dine only on plankton, so the shark posed no real danger to the humans.
The shark left the harbor after about an hour to return to its regular schedule of grazing and basking in the open sea.