California: Study finds ‘rise’ in number of great white sharks
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So far, there have been at least 10 credible reports of the sharks being spotted around the UK. Experts have now suggested that, while the animals are currently circling around the Canaries and the Balearic Islands, they might soon arrive at British shores. The most likely destination for the predators will be Cornwall in the south of England.
Chief scientist at the sea research organisation OCEARCH, Dr Bob Hueter, told The Sun: “It is very possible that white sharks already occasionally venture to the British Isles but are not observed or documented.
“With climate change increasing water temperature, this likelihood could increase.
“It is not likely to be soon that white sharks will become common residents of the British Isles, but occasional visits by this species venturing up from the Atlantic coast of France may start to increase.”
Scientists will now further examine how many sharks are currently swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of a Discovery Channel documentary.
Available statistics show that the number of shark attacks around the world is increasing.
The number of attacks which stood at 60 in 2020 was the highest recorded since 2011.
In 2021, 44 shark attacks have been recorded so far.
Five of them were fatalities.
Dr Ken Collins, a former administrator of the UK shark tagging programme, said: “It’s likely we will be seeing more sharks spread from warmer regions such as the Mediterranean Sea towards our waters in the UK over the next 30 years.
“You get great whites off the coast of South Africa where the water is colder than here and I see no reason why we should not have them in our waters.
”I see no reason why they shouldn’t be spotted here, particularly off the coast of Cornwall where there is an abundant supply of seals, their favourite food.”
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