Finally, approximately two weeks after the Blue Fox encounter (i.e.
September 1999), a lobster fisherman reported a large shark -- estimated to be about 4.6m -- entangled in his rope off Tintagel Head, about 18km (12 mi.) away from the initial sighting.
The finding that should cause us most concern is that the group found very few sharks at all; considering their use of chum, there should have been considerably more sharks about (thus pointing to a serious decline in numbers).
The video was picked up by and made the front page of their 28th July 2007 edition.
Video stills appeared in the paper itself, while the video was put on the newspaper’s website.
Despite some very credible sightings off Scotland during late 2003 and mid-2005 (see below), the topic went cold in the media until the last fortnight in July 2007, when the entire debate surfaced once again (no pun intended! This time, two more alleged white shark sightings came out of Cornwall.
The first to hit the headlines involved the appearance of a large animal breaching (i.e. The spectacle was caught on tape by a tourist filming dolphins about 200 yards off Porthmeor Beach in St. When the video was played back, the gentleman saw what appeared to be a large shark breaching among the dolphins.
There have been many stories in the media over recent years but, at the time of writing (see header) there has never been a single confirmed sighting of a Great white shark ( newspaper’s website, let’s take a moment to look at the evidence.
If you were a regular reader of the tabloids a couple of years ago, you might be forgiven for thinking that anyone dipping their toe in the Great British briny (otherwise referred to as the North East Atlantic) ran a considerable risk of being ‘torn limb from limb’!
Indeed, according to an article in ) they had caught when they were investigated by a large shark, estimated to be around 4.6m (15ft) long.
The crew described how the shark passed the stern and rolled slightly on to its side, exposing its white underside before swimming away.
The sightings off Padstow were sufficiently tantalizing to spur a privately funded 13-day expedition by several shark biologists and enthusiasts, led by Richard Peirce, to the waters off north Devon and Cornwall during August 2003.
Unfortunately, the expedition found no trace of white sharks (photo, left) in the 104km (70 mi.) stretch they explored between Trevose Head and Hartland Point.
The crew, which included two angling journalists fishing for Porbeagles () during their trips and were able to rule out all three.