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Monster 25ft shark washes up dead on rocks at British beauty spot in heartbreaking footage

Mirror logo Mirror 25/04/2017

Credits: MevagisseyPhoto © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: MevagisseyPhoto A monster 25ft shark has been spotted washed up on rocks in Cornwall in the heartbreaking footage.

The massive shark , which was spotted floating upside-down at Chapel Point, Mevagissey, is believed to be a basking shark.

Marine experts say that although basking sharks are a common sight in our waters, to see a dead one is a "rare opportunity".

Credits: Mevagissey Photo © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Mevagissey Photo The animal was first spotted by photographer Matthew Facey using a drone to take pictures of the stunning coastline around the area on Sunday, reports Cornwall Live .

Volunteers from the Marine Strandings Network at Cornwall Wildlife Trust have been sent to the scene to assess the giant animal, confirm what species it is and find out more.

Niki Clear from the Marine Strandings Network said: "The shark was reported to us early last night.

Credits: Cornwall Live © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Cornwall Live "We didn't want to send anyone down there at night, so we decided to hold off until today and cross our fingers that it was still there.

"Once our team of volunteers get to the shark, they will try to take measurements of its length and fins etc. and make sure to take plenty of photographs of it.

"Sadly this one has quite decomposed already. But all the information helps us analyse it and learn more about basking sharks.”

Credits: MevagisseyPhoto © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: MevagisseyPhoto Ms Clear said that if the team confirm the dead shark is a basking shark it will be a "rare opportunity" for study, as the creatures don't often wash up.

She added: "Once the team have confirmed it is a basking shark, and finished all analysis, they will contact Exeter University and Plymouth University to see if any samples are needed.

"They are an extremely interesting species to study. Because basking sharks only eat plankton, they can help to show the overall marine health.

Credits: Cornwall Live © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Cornwall Live "This part of the world is a hotspot for basking sharks, but when they die, their carcasses sink, so they don't often wash up. This means that this is a very rare opportunity for us.”

A number of the gentle giants have already been spotted around Cornwall this year, and Ms Clear said that April and May are the best months to spot the amazing creatures.

She added: "We are just at the beginning of the season at the moment. A few have already been spotted off Cornwall, we have had sightings from the Lizard and Mounts Bay.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA "The best time to see basking sharks is between April and May, after that they move north. We do sometimes get to see a few at the end of September as well.

"The last couple of years have been quite poor for basking shark sightings, so hopefully the sightings so far are a good sign.

"It all depends on where the food is as to when and where you will be able to see them."

Credits: Handout © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Handout It is hoped that more sightings will be reported to help Cornwall Wildlife Trust research the amazing animals that call Cornwall home.

Ms Clear said: "If anyone comes across a dead animal in the sea, they can contact the Marine Strandings Network on 0345 201 2626.

Credits: MevagisseyPhoto © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: MevagisseyPhoto "People can also call the same number if they witness any sea animals being caused distress such as being harassed by people or boats – sadly this is a problem in Cornwall.

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