Astonishing video has emerged of a 7ft shark swimming just inches off a popular beach in Dorset.
An angler was left stunned when the fin of what it’s believed to be a young basking shark broke the surface of the water at Chesil beach.
The beach is made up almost entirely of pebbles of various rock types.
The fisherman filmed the incredible moment from Weymouth Angling Centre and said in the video: “It’s 11am, Chesil beach, and there’s a shark, a big shark, basically on the beach.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. What is that? Porbeagle?
“We’ve got ground bait in the water and that would be a fish of a life-time off the shore but we haven’t got the right rod today.”
His companion, Ben, added: “Twenty years fishing Chesil and that is a big shark.”
The video was then uploaded on to Weymouth Angling Centre’s Facebook page where people believed it is a young basking shark – Britain’s biggest and harmless fish.
It’s believed the young basking shark swimming up and down the shoreline to feed on plankton.
Some web users pointed out that a Porbeagle shark normally feeds on mackerel but it would be too close to the shore to have mackerel, hence it would be a basking shark, which shares similar features.
One commented: “Young basking shark, been filmed by divers recently I believe.”
Ade Wilcox said: “It’s a small basking shark. Quite common if you’re in the right place at the right time, they come in close to rub themselves on the pebbles to get rid of the parasites.”
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But most of them were fascinated that the shark had come so close to the shore.
Geoff wrote: “I have seen basking shark there before but never that close in!”
Hannah added: “Blimey! That’s close to shore!”
According to British Sea Fishing, basking sharks are known to come close to land during summer and can sometimes be spotted from the shore.
They come into shallower, inshore waters during warmer weather as plankton density is much higher in these areas during summer.
Basking sharks are currently under threat and classed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN’s Red List.