Sharks swarming in Britain

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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When you think of a large school of sharks swimming close to shore Britain is not the first place that typically comes to mind.  But, this week, a school of dozens of Starry Smooth-Hound Sharks (Mustelus asterias) was filmed gathering in a small inlet in Britain’s Medmerry Nature Reserve to feed. The sight of around 50 protruding fins is pretty cool.

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An unprecedented group of up to 50 sharks swam into the shallow intertidal waters at RSPB Medmerry, near Selsey (West Sussex), on a rising tide this morning (Weds 15 July 2015). Measuring up to 1.5 metres (5 foot) in length, and with the typical triangular shark fins sticking out of the water, they were identified as smooth-hounds, a type of shark usually found offshore in coastal waters.

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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