Breaking News: Giants of the seas arrive in Cornwall (UK)

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    In the last week the first basking sharks of the summer have been spotted off the Cornish coast.

    As part of their annual migration they are now arriving in their hundreds.

    As the BBC's Alex Bushill explains, local photographer Dan Burton filmed underwater as the sharks appeared.

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    scary! :O i hav a phobia of sharks... :(
     
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    Aw really? If it helps the shark in the pic is like a vegetarian.

    There my latest craze at the moment 8-)
     
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    ur jkn rite? *-) my science teacher told me this once upon a time 'shakrs love the scent of blood...' (forgot the rest went to sleep) And how can sumthin that big be a VEGE???
     
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    Nutter, you really into sharks hey!! amazing creature!!! imagine having 1 as a pet? THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!! Think about, 'Show & Tell" at school!!! NICE!!!
     
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    Can you imagine the size of the tank you would need for that thing? Sharks are amazing creatures. Probably one of the best predators in the world.
     
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    Its probably not totally a veggie I would just like to believe it wouldn’t eat me ;) but it swims around eating the plankton in the water and is generally less aggressive than other sharks.

    I think a baby shark would be a great pet, Im sure it could live in my bath perfectly... for about a week!

    You would have to build your own sea word to have a pet shark! (H)
     
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    the basking sharks eat only plankton and other microorganisms. shark attacks are pretty much extremely rare. here in florida ive seen at least half a dozen different kind of sharks (nurse, hammerhead, blacktip, bull, and a few others), none of them particularly aggressive towards humans. the exception would be the bull shark, which has been known to attack humans, and can also survive in salt, brackish, or freshwater. several times ive been fishing and bumped into a nurse shark, which always scares the living shit out of you, but they arent even capable of attacking humans because if the shape of their mouth.

    inner-coastal waters average about 3-5 feet deep (or 1 to 1.5 [ish] meters for you metric folk) and you never get used to the sight of a 6-8 foot shark swimming around. its some primal instinct. we dont get anything like the huge basking sharks, or large whales, because our water is too warm. small whales are occasionally seen around the Tampa Bay area, and probably on the Atlantic coast, but i dont get to the east coast much. too many damn tourists.

    we also have a lot of porpoises (dolphins) who also swim around with their dorsal fins sticking out of the water, but the fins have a more rounded shape. i think i'd be more scared of a porpoise than a shark anyway, seeing as how porpoises are arguably the 2nd or 3rd most intelligent creatures on the planet, and sharks dont even have a brain (they only have a brain stem) and havent evolved in a few hundred million years. =P
     
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    basking sharks just eat the plankton in the water. the big mouth is so it can scoop it up. they dont eat meat like the others. however there has been one case of a man getting eaten by a basking shark. he was ok though he just swam back out.
     

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