EXPERTS have issued an urgent warning after dozens of sharks washed up on a UK beach – and nobody knows why.
Nearly 30 smoothhead sharks were found on Prestatyn beach in Denbighshire, North Wales on Tuesday morning.
Marine expert Gem Simmons warned beachgoers not to touch or move the washed-up sharks.
She told that BBC: “Finding one or two is normal, but having so many is worrying.”
Gem added that her efforts to collect samples from the sharks’ gills were thwarted by hungry herring gulls.
Star smooth dogs are also called rubber sharks because they lack conspicuously sharp teeth.
They feed mainly on shellfish and crustaceans – they owe their name “starry sky” to their mottled white spots.
They weigh no more than 5kg and live on gravel or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters throughout the UK.
The unfortunate sharks are between 1 meter and 1.5 meters long.
Expert Gem said sharks were also washing up in smaller numbers along the stretch of coast between Rhyl and Talacre.
Prestatyn Beach is best known for inspiring Philip Larkin’s thorny romantic short poem Sunny Prestayn, about a poster of a model sunbathing on the beach and teenagers with “jagged teeth and imperious eyes.” was left behind.
Larkin wrote the model was “too good for this life” – much like the beautiful sharks that have now washed up in Prestatyn.
It comes after a six-foot-long shark washed up alive on a popular UK beach, scaring sunbathers.
A great white shark’s giant dorsal fin has also been spotted sticking out of the sea off the coast of Britain.
The Sun visited an amazing British island where giant sharks swim offshore and hundreds of wild wallabies live.