Beachgoers’ fears have increased after a “6ft shark” washed up on a popular British coast.
The beast was found earlier today on Lepe beach, part of the country park on the Solent in the southwest Hampshire.
It was initially found alive, according to one Facebook post by British Big Game Fishing, but it now appears to have died after stranding on the shore.
There has been speculation about which type exactly shark it is but so far it has not been well identified.
One commenter wrote on the site: “Looks exhausted. Apparently got into the shallows to feed, and couldn’t swim back down.”
Another added: “No more dips in the sea, thank you.”
A third person said, “S**it man. Stripped of dying. It shows that there can be anything, though man.
Swimmers were told to watch out, as experts called the sighting exciting and terrifying.
Gran Jacquie Williams, 64, noticed the ominous shape 30 yards from Gunwalloe beach, Porthlife.
Her son-in-law, Gazza Laidlaw, shared the photo on a Facebook group and said: “Winter swimmers may want to proceed with extreme caution as it looks quite large.”
Naturalist and shark spotter Hayley Bisofsky-Pope said, “It’s definitely not a porbeagle, basking shark or thresher. This is exciting and terrifying in equal measure.”
And in July last year a woman was bitten on the leg by a blue shark while snorkelling at Penzance.
That was just one of many sightings reported along the south coast of England in 2022.