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.
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.