Fishermen left stunned after ’10ft long’ shark spotted off coast of Teesside

Shark attempts to break into diver's cage during documentary

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Andrew Grabham, 67, and his son John, 34, were fishing in the North Sea from Hartlepool on Thursday. The pair, along with two others, were fishing for cod offshore near Teeside, when they spotted the shark.

While in their boat, the group spotted the fins of a shark, at least 10 feet long, sticking out of the water.

The shark was located in the sea between Hartlepool and Seaham in County Durham.

Andrew, from Long Newton, said he believes it could have been a basking shark or porbeagle shark.

Speaking to Teeside Live, Andrew said he “got a bit of the shock”.

He said: “My friend saw it first. He said ‘oh there’s a shark over there’ and I thought blimey.

“You could see the fins out of the water, I just got a bit of a shock.

“We got a bit closer to it so we could have a good look.

“We didn’t bother it, we were just watching it all the time. It was really good.”

Andrew continued: “It was going quite slowly and it was on the surface.

“I have seen them in Cornwall before but not around here!”

The elder Grabham said they also spotted dolphins and were able to catch some mackerel, which is unusual for November.

He added: “It was just like being in the south of France yesterday, it was lovely!”

On Monday, Paul Millachip, 57 and believed to be from the UK, is said to have been killed by sharks off Australia’s west coast.

He was last seen in the water on Saturday by two teenagers who witnessed what they believed was a shark attack off Port Beach in North Fremantle, Perth.

The ABC reported that according to witnesses Mr Millachip was swimming next to the dinghy in which the teenagers were travelling when a tiger shark and a great white shark attacked him.

On Sunday, the police said it was apparent the attack had been fatal and the search for Mr Millachip had been called off.

As of November 8, there have been eight deaths and 74 attacks from sharks reported in 2021.

According to The Shark Trust, at least 21 species live in British waters all year round.

There are also at least 11 deepwater shark species including the Portuguese Dogfish, Black Dogfish, Kitefin Shark and Gulper Shark.

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