‘Shark attack’ off coast of Britain as woman ‘bitten during snorkelling trip’


A SNORKELLER was bitten by a shark while swimming off the coast of Cornwall, it is reported.

The woman is understood to have been in the water near the harbour in Penzance when the beast allegedly struck on July 28.

She suffered a leg injury and was treated by medics at the scene at around 12.30pm.

Local media suggests she had been out on a blue shark sightseeing trip at the time.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a snorkeller who suffered a suspected shark bite.

“The coastguard was notified just before 12.30pm on July 28.

“It is believed the swimmer suffered a leg injury.

“The coastguard team met the casualty at Penzance harbour to assist with passing them into the care of the ambulance service.”

Blue shark attacks on humans are “extremely rare”, with 25 recorded worldwide, according to British Sea Fishing.

Of these, just four were fatal.

The species, which can measure of to 13ft and weigh 400lb, are found in every sea and ocean except the Arctic.

They are often present in UK waters during the summer, and a blue shark sighting in Ceredigion, Wales, in 2012 saw the New Quay beach closed to visitors for several hours.

They are the most migratory shark on earth, travelling over 9,000km (over 5,700 miles) each year, according to Shark Trust UK.

Blue sharks have a metallic blue back which blends the animal in with the sea, while a white underside looks similar to the light coming in at the surface.

They are also the most heavily fished shark on the planet and are eaten for their meat across the world.

Blue Sharks are considered ‘near threatened’ due to overfishing.

They mainly eat fishes and squid, but will chow down on lobster, shrimp and sea birds.

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