By EMILY ALLEN
Dead: The rare Blue Shark had a giant bite mark in its side, meaning it could have been killed by an even bigger predator in the English Channel
A dog walker was shocked to discover a five-foot killer shark washed up on a Sussex beach.
The rare Blue Shark had a giant bite mark in its side, meaning it could have been killed by an even bigger predator in the English Channel.
Walker Nikki Lambert showed her find on Camber Sands, East Sussex, to marine biologists who said it could have been attacked by a Great White.
She said: 'I could not quite believe it at first until I got a little closer.
'I have encountered driftwood washed up but not a shark.
This shark was discovered on double yellow lines in Aberystwyth in Wales last week after bring washed up following stormy weather
'I was told that the only animals who would attack a Blue Shark like this would be a Great White Shark or a Killer Whale.'
Blue Sharks, which can grow up to 12ft long, are not considered to be aggressive but they have attacked and killed humans in other parts of the world.
An estimated 20 million Blue Sharks are killed by fishermen every year.
Doug Herdson, of the Marine Fish Information Services, said: 'A blue shark of this size is a juvenile which should be on its way to south-west Spain or north-west Africa at this time of year.'
In Aberystwyth, Wales, last week bank worker Tom Huxley came out of a friend's house and was hit by they smell of rotting fish, but when he went to investigate he found the body of a 4ft blue shark lying inches from the road markings.
Mr Huxley, a former Aberystwyth University student, took a photo the fish outside the Gwesty Cymru hotel on 24 October.
It is not known how the shark came to end up on the road, but experts at Swansea University's Department of Bioscience believe it was washed up in recent stormy weather.
A six-foot specimen was washed up in Lewis, in the Hebrides, in September.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
By EMILY ALLEN