Shark warning at UK beach as fin in water sparks 24-hour swimming ban

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A popular UK beach was closed yesterday (August 24) after the fin of a 'large shark' was spotted lurking in the shallows.

The Sunny Sands beach in Folkestone, Kent was bedecked with red flags last night and today with tourists being urged to give swimming a wide birth.

Experts have since said the mysterious fin captured on camera could belong to a basking shark, reports the Sun.

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The basking shark is the largest shark in the ocean and can be found in UK waters.

Known as a gentle giant, they are considered harmless to humans however local authorities have saif given the size of the beast they didn't want to take any chances.

A spokesperson for Folkestone Sea Rescue said: "As a precaution, we are advising that people do not swim at these locations for 24 hours.

"Basking sharks are very large fish which feed off plankton, and are not considered dangerous to people or animals.

"Basking sharks have occasionally been seen off the Kent coast over the past few years.

"While the risks are usually low, you should still keep your distance from any marine animals you may see while at the coast, including basking sharks."


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