Walker Left Stunned After Spotting Five-foot Shark Swimming In Essex Countryside River
A FIVE-foot shark was spotted swimming in a river in the Essex countryside by a godsmacked walker after it had drifted 10 miles inland by a tide.
Mr Gribbons altered the RSPCA, who said the shark was non-threatening to humans, while crowds gathered round the ususual sight.
“We were probably there for an hour looking at it. We didn’t expect something like that to be there.
“I went back at around 5pm and it was still there because the tide had gone out and left it stuck in the sluice.
We were probably there for an hour looking at it. We didn’t expect something like that to be there
A shifting tide had drifted the shark into the Cattawade Sluice but it managed to escape into the sea the following morning.
The starry smooth hound sharks, which are identified by white star like spots on its back, can grow up to 5ft 3 inches and weight over 30 pounds.
Ali Hood, director of conservation at the Shark Trust, said: “The shark does not pose a threat in its natural environment but trapped in a confined space it is likely disorientated and under some stress.
“Like any wild animal they deserve to be given both space and respect.”