A snorkeler was injured by what appeared to be a shark in southwest England, the British Coastguard said on Tuesday, a rare incident in the country.
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The British Sea and Coastguard Agency said in a statement that on July 28 a diver was treated for a “suspected shark bite”.
According to the agency, “the swimmer appears to have suffered a leg injury”. He was captured at the port of Penzance in Cornwall, South West England.
Despite the turn of events, “It’s unbelievable to see such majestic creatures and I don’t want this incident to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species,” the injured diver responded, according to the “Blue Shark Snorkel Trips” group on Tuesday. Organized a trip.
“These events are rare and can be quickly misinterpreted,” the group said. “These things can happen when you choose to interact with wild animals in their environment,” he explained on Facebook.
Blue sharks, which can grow up to four meters in length, visit UK waters in the summer. Predators, they spend most of their time in the high seas, feeding on fish and shellfish.
The blue shark is classified as a “Near Threatened” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is prized for its meat and its fins are regularly caught in fishing nets.