Huge basking shark seen off Cornish beach near Fowey
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Summer is the best time of year for seeing sharks, whales and other animals that are not common to Cornish waters, and just this week a huge basking shark was seen at Lantic Beach, close to our Fowey hotel.
The warmer sea water brings in the sharks and there is also a large amount of plankton, the food they eat, in the waters around Cornwall.
A video of a basking shark seen just metres from the shore at Lantic Beach was taken earlier this week, giving some swimmers a little scare. Basking sharks are the second biggest fish in the world but despite their size and gaping mouth, they are harmless to humans.
The video, which you can watch below, was taken by Tom George, who said: "We saw this beauty of a basking shark - it was enormous, nearly as long as my boat which is 18ft.
"All the swimmers got out of the water pretty quickly."
The swimmers on the beach were surprised to see the shark, though from May to October, basking sharks can often be seen around Cornwall's coast. However, they do not usually come too close to the shore as it too shallow for their large bodies.
If you want to see some sharks, dolphins and maybe some whales when staying at our Fowey hotel, you can enjoy a boat ride from Fowey harbour or you too could be lucky to see one swimming off the shore at the beach!
Photo by: Brian Gratwicke