Great white sharks could soon be appearing in British waters, including a popular tourist destination, researchers say.
marine experts Ocearch claimed the predators may be migrating north from the Mediterranean in search of seals, surfacing off the coasts of northern France and around Cornwall.
Their research shows that the creatures have been increasingly sighted off the New England coast US in the past few years.
Chris Fischer, founder of Ocearch, said that Just: “We believe that the Mediterranean great white sharks, like all other populations we have worked on, should migrate north to feed on seals.”
“We think they should pass Brest [in Brittany] and Cornwall.”
Ocearch, a non-profit group tracking more than 400 sharks, plans to come to the UK next summer in hopes of finding great white sharks.
Cape Cod, a peninsula in Massachusetts, USA – adjacent to the island where the movie Jaws was filmed – has seen an increase in the number of great white shark sightings offshore over the past 50 years.
Before the 1970s there was virtually no presence there.
However, marine biologist Gregory Skomal contradicted the suggestion, saying there had been no great white shark sightings in Cornwall.
“There are no documented great white sharks off Cornwall,” he said. “They should be there, but they aren’t there and we don’t know why.”
However, according to University of Plymouth records, great white sharks have been sighted across the UK since 1965, with up to 100 credible but unconfirmed sightings in the past decade.
It is believed that in February 2022 a “Great White Shark” was sighted lurking off the coast of Britain.
A veteran shark fisherman said the creature, seen near the beach at Goring-by-Sea in West Sussex, was “obviously a shark” and it could be a “small, immature great white shark” which, according to was looking for food.
Deadly killers could be swimming in British waters
Fishermen claim to have sighted the sharks off the south coast.
Great white sharks are typically 15 feet (4.5 m) long.
They have a blue-grey color on the upper side of the body.
Strong bodies and powerful tails help the marine mammals to swim up to 56 km/h.
They stay close to the water surface, making it easier for them to catch their prey.
Most of the great white sharks in the world live off the coast of South Africa.
Their sense of smell is so good that sharks can smell blood from five kilometers away.
Great white sharks have a whopping 230 teeth in their mouths – a single bite is fatal.