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Incredible Photo Taken Of Shark On Same Day Dorset Beach Closed Down

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Incredible Photo Taken Of Shark On Same Day Dorset Beach Closed Down

On the same day that a beach in the South of England was evacuated because of an animal that was suspected to have been a shark, a wildlife photographer managed to capture some stunning images of a large shark hurling itself outside the water off the coast of Wales.

Don't worry, though. This is just a thresher shark, and they're not thought to be any threat to humans.

Watching them move like this though, and seeing the size of them, you'd be forgiven for being a little bit spooked if it emerged next to you in the water.

Anyway, the remarkable images were captured by Ken Barnett, who was lucky enough to have been right on the spot to catch the long-tailed shark as it leapt impressively from the sea off the Pembrokeshire coast.

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Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust
Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust

The predator is known to inhabit all of the temperate and tropical seas of the world, but it isn't usually seen at depths this shallow.

Even more rare would be to see it fully flying through the air, especially if you had a camera right to hand.

Barnett, who volunteers for the Sea Trust - a local wildlife conservation charity - shared the pictures on Twitter, writing: "Shame about the heat haze but such a great sight to see this #ThresherShark leave the water at #StrumbleHead today."

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Speaking about his ability to capture the shot, he later added: "If you put in the hours you get the rewards"

Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust
Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust

Well, that's certainly true.

He admitted: "Luck played a big hand in this though. We missed a pic of a breach the day before so I never thought I'd see another the following day let alone catch it on camera.

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"Bloody miracle."

At least we can be glad that he did put the hours in, the shots are incredible.

Because they've only got small teeth and a fairly timid nature, thresher sharks are - like most sharks - not really a problem for humans.

However, they're listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union because - in part - of fishing.

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Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust
Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust

Speaking of which, it was a kayak fisherman who raised the alarm at Boscombe beach in Dorset when he had his rod and reed pinched by what he believes was a shark.

Darron Tapper, 54, said: "If you saw how it took my rod and reel I didn't stand a chance [if the kayak had gone over].

"God knows what would have happened, I looked like a seal in my wetsuit,

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"In 13 years I have never ever experienced that, it is a bit of a thrill to think I escaped the clutches."

Featured Image Credit: Ken Barnett/Sea Trust

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Animals, Wales, shark

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