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Video: Eight-foot shark caught in the Celtic Sea between Ireland and England

Adam Whitnall

Published 22/05/2014 | 08:51

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The shark twisted its head to reveal rows of sharp teeth - generally used for catching mackerel

Extraordinary footage has emerged of a massive shark being caught in the water between Ireland and the UK.

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Graeme Pullen, 62, was fishing for pollock with his friend Wayne Comben in the Celtic Sea north of Devon when the giant porbeagle shark bit, starting a 30-minute battle to reel it in.

Video footage uploaded to YouTube by Totally Awesome Fishing showed Mr Pullen leaning far back into the boat in his fight with the fish, and at one point he looks at risk of being pulled overboard as his hands get caught up in line.

Eventually the porbeagle tires out, making it safer for the angler to bring it alongside the tiny 17ft dinghy.

Totally Awesome Fishing said on its Facebook page that the shark was likely to be a record for a single-handed catch.

The team said it was the “first big shark of the 2014 season”, and the fact that it has come so early suggests it could be a bumper year for sharks off the UK and Ireland coast.

Mr Pullen said the shark was landed in “a newly found hotspot”, but reportedly refused to identify the location precisely for fear of upsetting local tourism bosses.

Swimmers should not be concerned however, as the porbeagle belongs to the Lamnidae family of sharks, commonly known as mackerel or white sharks and which includes the great white.

Yet despite that fearsome association – and its menacing appearance – the porbeagle is not considered to be a threat to people.

Independent News Service

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