Cornwall news Expert says shark encounters are 'very rare' off Cornish coast UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Matt Slater, a Marine Officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said a blue shark attack is not going to happen to an ordinary person surfing, swimming, or diving around the coast

Cornwall news Expert says shark encounters are 'very rare' off Cornish coast UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Matt Slater, a Marine Officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said a blue shark attack is not going to happen to an ordinary person surfing, swimming, or diving around the coast

Cornwall news  Expert says shark encounters are 'very rare' off Cornish coast UK news
03 August 2022 - 15:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A blue shark attack is not going to happen to an ordinary person enjoying the coast, an expert from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said. It comes after a recent incident where a snorkeler was bitten on the leg off Penzance . Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall earlier today (August 3), Marine officer Matt Slater said the attack was unusual as people are highly unlikely to "encounter a blue shark just by accident around the Cornish coast". He added: "This is something that nobody really expected, and a very, very rare and quite a sad story really, because it obviously tarnishes the reputation of an amazing animal." READ MORE: Swimmer bitten by shark off Cornwall says it was 'very scary' The marine biologist went on to explain that attacks are rare because, as happened in this incident, blue sharks have to be attracted to people using bait: "You have to go a long way off shore and you have to create a very long oil slick of sardine blood and juice, and eventually the sharks will follow that to you." He continued: "Obviously in the headlines it's, 'shark attack in Cornwall', but actually it's not going to happen to an ordinary person surfing, swimming, or diving around our coast - it's really nothing for people to be afraid of." Mr Slater said he went on a trip off Penzance to look for blue sharks last summer, admitting that it was a pinch-me moment "to see them in Cornish waters." He said: "They're such beautiful animals.

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. They're inquisitive, they're not at all aggressive, they're beautiful, amazing animals. So it was a surprise to hear about an attack." Ultimately, despite their normally calm nature, blue sharks must be respected as "incredible predators," he warns, "when we (humans) go into their habitat, we shouldn't really be surprised occasionally if there are things like this. They are a predator." The snorkeler - who was bitten while taking part in a 'snorkel with sharks' experience with Blue Shark Snorkel Trips - has stressed that they do not want this "very scary incident" to alter people's perception of blue sharks. In a statement issued following the incident, they said: "I just wanted to say that, despite how the trip ended, it was amazing to see such majestic creatures in the wild and I don’t for a second want this freak event to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species." Mr Slater shares this view, arguing that despite this incident, there isn't "any reason for anybody to think that this is any more dangerous an activity than it ever has been". READ NEXT: Small company from Cornwall to oversee huge £70 billion Net Zero contract St Ives so busy with tourists RNLI lifesavers cannot get around Burger company Hub Box makes loss after being stuck with empty restaurant Cornwall athlete wins Commonwealth silver despite almost severing her finger Rishi Sunak pledges extra council tax on second homes and help to level up Cornwall

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