Britain's biggest ever blue shark caught by group of friends in Cornwall

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A group of friends have caught the UK’s biggest ever blue shark while on a fishing trip to Cornwall.

The four fishermen reeled in the 18-stone deep water shark and held the creature for a quick photo before throwing it back in the sea.

John Dine caught the record-breaking 9ft animal off the coast of Penzance and pulled it onto deck with the help of his friends.

The group, from Essex, now hope to win next month’s catch and release record from the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain. 

The shark weighed 256 lbs – or 18.2 stone/116 kg – beating the previous 58-year record of 214 lbs.

Blue sharks live across the world and often approach shores where they are spotted by divers and boats.

They are a partially protected species and are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

Blue sharks eat tuna, octopus, squid, lobsters, crabs, small sharks and sometimes seabirds.


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