Last week we went back to Devon to catch up with a few of the friends we had made during our sojourn in the deep south. On Friday afternoon I managed a very short visit to Berry Head, hoping to see Gannets, Porpoise and or Dolphins. I did see a couple of very distant Porpoise but no Gannets. I then caught sight of what I thought was a Dolphin breaching and managed a a capture on its second leap. It was very far off and quite small and grainy on the back screen even on max zoom. I almost deleted it as it didn't look quite right. Last night I loaded the pictures onto the computer and realised it didn't even really look like a porpoise or Dolphin and there appeared to be something else in the water behind it. I have since had the creature identified as a Thresher Shark so am very pleased to have captured it as apparently they are quite rare on our coast.
sadly it never jumped again. It may well be the same shark seen in July seen slightly further up the coast in Lyme Bay where the photographs are much better quality than mine. That must have been a real blast to see.
Just as well you didn't delete the photo, Bob. That might be a once in a lifetime shot. I think I read somewhere that several species of sharks are being seen more frequently around our shores in the summer.
The photos published in The Sun are stunning. I noticed that they were taken by (Professor) Tom Brereton. I've travelled with him on a butterfly trip with Naturetrek. He is the Head of monitoring at Butterfly Conservation and Director of Research at Marinelife. Quite a CV.
Well done Bob and a timely reminder not to delete anything off the camera until is on your PC.
Nice capture Bob! I've heard of Basking Sharks around the UK Coast but never hear of a Thresher shark before, they look very interesting indeed.