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Shark spotted off British coast 'not a great white shark'

A 'great white shark' filmed near Cornwall has been confirmed as a young basking shark after speculation was rife about it being the famous sea predator.

Experts said it was "a hundred percent not a white shark" but clearly a young basking shark evidenced by the shape, position of its fins and various other traits.

Fisherman Nigel Hodge filmed what he thought might be a great white 20 miles off the Cornish coast while he was on his boat.

Ali Hood, director of conservation at The Shark Trust, said: "there is an appetite for the excitement associated with such a species. But we shouldn't overlook the species that are native to our waters.

"Cornish waters have a fantastic diversity of sharks."