Mako shark filmed off Scotland

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An oil rig worker has filmed a "killer" Mako shark 200 miles off the Aberdeen coast.

An oil rig worker has filmed a "killer" Mako shark 200 miles off the Aberdeen coast.

Lance Baldwin, from Keith, who is a rig safety worker, filmed the predatory shark with a remote-controlled underwater video camera, says Aberdeen's Evening Express.

A shark expert at Aberdeen University identified the shark as a Mako, and says the footage provides the first evidence that the species is living off the coast of Scotland.

Fishermen have made a number of sightings of Mako sharks over the years, but until now, there was no real evidence that the species really existed there.

"The shark must have been about eight to 10ft long, with a white underbelly," Baldwin told The Evening Express.

"The scary thing is there was a team of divers working around the rig on maintenance the other day. I wouldn't want to be one of them now.

"The first we knew was when we saw something flash across our monitors just before 11am on Saturday. "Scott and I just looked at each other and mouthed: "Oh, my God - it's Jaws."