A fisherman has warned that it is "more than likely" that great white sharks could be swimming in the waters around the UK.
Ashley Lane, a pleasure cruises and fishing trips operator in Devon, says he heard from other fishermen that they had spotted the great white in waters around the country.
Research from 2019 revealed that warmer temperatures could attract new species toward the South West coasts, including hammerhead and great white sharks.
The new temperature of the region's waters could see an increase in shark activity, with the terrifying great whites making their way from Mediterranean and African waters to the UK waters.
Speaking to DevonLive, Ashley said: "There are more than likely great whites out there, mainly off the Cornish coast, but I've heard nothing so far this year. We usually hear more rumours.
"We've seen a few pods of common dolphins with juveniles in the bay and there are definitely tuna swimming around."
In 2018, Ashley said the was "sure" great whites were in the waters.
He said: "I think species like this swimming off the Devon coast would be a great thing and definitely good for my trade – people would love to see that sort of thing.
"However, you are then bating wildlife which interferes with the ecosystem – they are not pets and shouldn't be treated as such."
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More species could be headed towards UK waters due to a warmer climate according to research commissioned in National Geographic WILD's Sharkfest programming, SomersetLive reported.
The research showed that out of a polled 2,000 British adults, four in 10 admitted to an irrational fear of sharks, while more than eight out of 10 said they thought sharks were given a bad reputation by Hollywood.
Dr Ken Collins, from the University of Southampton and former administrator of a UK shark tagging programme, said: "It's likely we will be seeing more sharks spread from warmer regions such as the Mediterranean Sea towards out waters in the UK over the next 30 years.
"These include the likes of blacktips, sand tigers and hammerheads, which are currently found swimming off the coasts of Spain and Portugal."
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