Cornish fishermen catch record breaking thresher shark
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
A group of Cornish fishermen spent more than an hour off the North Cornwall coast to land what might be a record-breaking thresher shark, the biggest caught in British waters. Many amazing spots have been close to our boutique hotel; Cornwall waters are some of the best places in the UK to see sea life.
The thresher shark was caught over the weekend, and weighed in at 368lb, smashing the previous record in Britain from 1982 of 323lb. The fishermen baited the shark with mackerel and took around one hour and 20 minutes to pull it on board.
Skipper Dan Hawkins said it was a catch of a lifetime: "Within 15 minutes of the rod being out it just screamed off and the next thing we saw was this thresher shark jumping 20ft out of the water. Battle then commenced and they spent one hour and 20 minutes before getting it into the boat. It was a hard and fast battle and we covered about two miles during it.
"It was sheer jubilation when we got it on board. It is one thing hooking it - but another to land it. It was measured and photographed before being released. It swam away strongly, a wonderful sight for all on board."
Thresher sharks are rarely found in UK waters, normally found in temperate and tropical oceans, and are not a threat to humans. They are named for the long and streamlined tails which can be whipped at speeds of 30mph which is used to stun prey. They are also one of the few sharks to jump fully out of the water like dolphins, but commercial fishing has meant the species are labelled as vulnerable because of fishing for the fins, meat and hide.
Photo by: Petter Lindgren