Shark remains found on Blackpool beach as experts identify the creature

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The shark remains were found on Blackpool beach, with the Lancashire Marine Conservation Society providing information on what the creature was

 

The shark found on Blackpool beach
The shark found on Blackpool beach (Image: Karlos Kristian)

Two beach walkers were left shocked after coming across the remains of a shark on Blackpool beach.

The rather rare discovery was made on Friday (July 2) on the popular North West beach.

Karlos Kristian and his partner found the animal remains when taking a stroll down the sand in the morning.

They were around 200 metres from Blackpool Pleasure Beach when they captured an image of the shark, having been at the resort watching the basejumping event that took over the town for the weekend.

Karlos came across the shark at around 8.30am before sharing an image of the creature with LancsLive.

Chairman of the Lancashire Marine Conservation Society, Dr Barry Kaye, said sharks are not very common across coastal waters surrounding the United Kindgom.

But in explaining what the creature was, Dr Kaye told LancsLive this particular species of shark is very much not a rarity along the country’s shores.

Dr Kaye said: “We are pretty sure that this is a dogfish, these are sharks – rather confusingly they are ‘Cat Sharks’.

“We are not sure as to the exact species.

“Dogfish are very common all around the British Isles, as a diver I come across them in daylight, when they are asleep, and very sluggish, being night time predators.

“This one may have been taken by an angler and thrown back.”

Dogfish themselves are common along the UK’s coastline but more so around the south and west of the country.

Due to their tendency to feed on angler’s bait, they are to many seen as a pest species by taking bigger baits meant for highly sought after species.

The average size of a Dogfish is usually around 15 inches in length, with the largest caught off the UK shoreline weighing in at 4lb 15oz.