A rare shark’s head was found by a television historian on the beach


A shark thought to be rare on UK beaches has had its head, tail and fin removed after it was found dead on a beach in Hampshire.

The shark was found by locals while it was walking on a Libby beach, which was later discovered without its head and other parts.

Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow saw the shark drifting ashore and tweeted that a biologist he knew said it was an “extremely rare visitor to these shores”.

Mr. Snow tweeted about the discovery at around 1am BST from a road near the shore, after he and a group of friends pulled the 8-foot shark away in an effort to protect it, though the bounty hunters got to the shark just before them.

He said, “We got a good bit of it back but some bounty hunter got in there right before us and took the head and the dorsal fin on the tail.”

He added that this was “really disappointing” as the group had been asked to preserve the body by scientists as it was a “once-in-a-lifetime find in British waters”.

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Mr. Snow tweeted a plea for the temporary return of the head so scientists can examine it, adding that the individual could then keep the head.

He told the BBC that the researchers hope to see the teeth and the head because they believe the shark could be a juvenile sand tiger shark that is usually found in warmer waters.

It was a rare opportunity for scientists, he said, who wanted to study sharks to “help us learn about our oceans, ocean health, and climate change.”

University of East Anglia evolutionary biology professor Dr Ben Jarrod said it was important for scientists to see the shark as it offered a “snapshot” of animals that live in international waters.

“The oceans cover 71 or 72% of our planet, and yet they are still incredibly mysterious,” he told the BBC.

“Every time we see a whale exploding or a shark washing up, it’s like finding Roman treasure or Viking daggers.”

He said bulls are not commonly seen on UK beaches, and the opportunity to study them could provide insight into feeding patterns and water temperatures, depending on the shark’s health before it died.

The Zoological Society of London will collect the shark’s remains on Tuesday for study.

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