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basking sharks seen near our Fowey hotel in Cornwall

The UK has more wildlife to see than you might have thought, and Cornwall is one of the best places to see some native animals and birds, as well as some more exotic animals that occasionally pass through.



The sea is a great place for seeing wildlife, with Cornish waters the perfect place for seeing porpoise, seals, dolphins, otters, whales and sometimes even sharks. But don't worry, the sharks that are seen in British waters are harmless to humans.

Throughout the spring and summer, the most sharks that are most commonly spotted are basking sharks. One of the biggest types of shark, they can grow up to 40ft, and you can see their dorsal fin sticking up out of the water. They have big gaping mouths that might look scary, but are perfect for scooping up all the plankton rich water around the Cornish coast.

Other sharks often spotted in the sea around Cornwall are blue sharks, and more rarely, a porbeagle shark. They are much smaller - reaching up to 8.2ft (2.5 m) and are known to seldom interacts with humans and boats.

Blue sharks are bigger than porbeagles, reaching up to 12ft, and quite lethargic for sharks. They can be found all over the world, making them one of the most common sharks, and come to Cornish waters for the fish.

If you want to try your luck at maybe spotting some sharks when staying at our Fowey hotel in Cornwall, enjoy a boat ride from Fowey harbour where you can see a variety of sea mammals, as well as birds nesting along the south coast cliffs.

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Photo by: Greg Skomal

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