Basking shark swims into Looe harbour

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A Basking shark ended up in Looe harbour in Cornwall after swimming up the mouth of the River Looe.

It's the first time a Basking shark has been seen in the harbour for around 20 years according to lifeboat operator David Haines, who spotted the shark.

The 10' shark had apparently got lost and swam around in the harbour on Sunday afternoon for about an hour — coming to within 8' of delighted onlookers — before finding its way back out to sea when the tide started coming in.

Basking sharks are often spotted off the coast of Britain in summer, where they feed on plankton blooms. To come this close however, is really unusual.

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