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Ian Bullus watched with horror as the 2m (7ft) creature slammed into the boat in an apparent attempt to capsize it, before swimming off to circle a second craft. The mackerel fisherman believes the predator that struck 1.6km (1mile) from St Ives was an oceanic whitetip – its first sighting in British waters. The 60-year-old saw the distinctive mottled dorsal fin of the whitetip zig-zagging towards him before it rammed his boat – just like the great white shark in the 1975 horror film.
The harbour master's office in St Ives, Cornwall has confirmed today that two people on separate boats called in reports of sightings of an oceanic whitetip shark around two weeks ago. The sightings were both made by fishermen, only a mile offshore from St Ives.]International Bussiness Times UK
Simon Freemen also a fisherman, was in a second boat the day of the attack and allegedly said: 'I am 100 per cent sure it was an oceanic white tip.
The species is normally found in deeper waters, away from the coast, and far further south as they usually survive in temperatures of between 18C and 28C.
Matt Slater, curator of the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, said the reported sightings were "exciting" before warning: "It is fairly unlikely that one would come up here, but it is possible."
Originally posted by boo1981
reply to post by PurpleDog UK
You have a point there about us hunting it down!
But what was interesting about this attack is the fact that it maybe a species of shark that has never been seen in the UK waters.
And this whitetip shark likes deep ocean and warmer water.