Published: 14:00, 01 July 2015 |
Updated: 10:01, 02 July 2015
A shark which had panicked swimmers running from the sea in Herne Bay has been spotted again a mile away.
The predatory fish first caused chaos when it was seen cruising in shallow water near bathers at about 1.30pm yesterday.
Many people fled from the water to watch the shark from the safety of the beach.
And now it has been sighted again, with Abi Bell capturing it swimming off the coast of Reculver - where it had last been seen heading.
“I heard a lady shout out and I looked out and saw this triangular fin and everyone seemed to think it was a shark" - Kelsey Wells
Everyone has just rushed out of herne bay sea because of a shark and now everyone is standing and watching hahaha this is mental @Kent_999s— natalie (@nlworrall) July 1, 2015
Several species of shark can be seen off the Kent coast including the huge but harmless basking shark, a fish that can grow up to 8m long but feeds exclusively on tiny plankton.
Cat sharks, also known as dog fish, can sometimes be seen in the channel.
Herne Bay was once a popular site for fishing for topes, which are also a member of the shark family.
Bryony Chapman, marine policy officer at the Kent Wildlife Trust, said it was difficult to identify the sighting.
"Basking sharks sometimes come into quite shallow water - they follow the plankton about so they can come in quite close.
"But with a basking shark you would expect to see two fins and the nose above the water.
"Blue sharks also wash up very occasionally, as do cat sharks, but we also get reports of dolphins and porpoises off the coast."
Thames coastguard said they had received no calls about the sighting.
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