Basking shark pictured trapped in a bay on Northumberland coast

A basking shark has been spotted trapped by low tide in a bay on the Northumberland coast.

The large shark, a rare visitor to the North East coastline, was caught out by the tide and was swimming in Muckle Carr, at Craster, omn Wednesday evening.

A basking shark trapped in Muckle Carr, at Craster. Picture by Dick Pearson

A basking shark trapped in Muckle Carr, at Craster. Picture by Dick Pearson

A small crowd gathered to watch as the creature swam around in circles trying to find a way out.

In the gathering darkness, Dick Pearson, from Craster, who took these pictures of the impressive beast, waded out to see the shark close up. Its large dorsal and caudal (tail) fins can be clearly seen.

He said: “She was going around in circles not understanding why it couldn’t get through.

“Inside the rock running south is a gully which is about 10 foot deep at low water. Here she turned at the shallow north end and headed south before she turned again to go north.

“There was a couple of dozen people and I was the only one to wade out with the tide shortly to turn and the light getting poor.

“I looked out early Thursday morning and it had gone with the tide hopefully safe and well.

“The Hancock Museum and the Shark Trust have recorded the sighting as it is fairly rare to see one on this coast.”

Did you see the shark? Contact paul.larkin@jpress.co.uk

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