Shark spotted in Kent: A mother films a ‘fin’ in the water off the south coast after families fled the sea in terror

Shark spotted in Kent following attack in Cornwall

  • Holidaymakers on a Kent beach ran out of water when the shark was spotted
  • It comes less than a month after a woman was bitten by a shark near Cornwall
  • There have been several shark sightings throughout the year on the coast

Families fled the sea last week after a shark ‘fin’ was spotted off the Kent coast just weeks after a horrific attack on a swimmer by a shark in Cornwall.

The reported sighting was just 150ft, or 45m, off the coast, reports The Sun, where children were enjoying an evening paddle.

Two boys first spotted the fin, prompting one of them to shout, “Is it a shark?”

They and several others in the sea then rushed to the sand on Warren Beach near Folkestone.

Mother Emma Horne, 30, told The Sun she was at the beach with her two children Finley, 7, and Alby, 5.

She managed to record footage that showed the fin, believed to belong to a basking shark, spinning off the coast.

The shark was spotted off Warren Beach near Folkestone in Kent

(Stock Image) Basking sharks can be up to 8m long

(Stock Image) Basking sharks can be up to 8m long

She said, “We couldn’t believe it. The boys were playing in the water so I quickly got them out.

“I warned people and a woman quickly called her dog out of the sea. She was worried.

“Finley and Alby were playing with their nets so we told them to get out and then watched them from a distance.” They loved it afterwards — they asked if they could catch it!

The shark sighting is the latest of many spotted in UK waters last year, with this summer seeing the UK’s first shark attack since the 19th century.

In February, experts feared the UK’s first great white shark was spotted off the coast of West Sussex after swimmers spotted a distinctive triangular fin in the water.

Sailors near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, were shocked when a huge basking shark – around 12ft long – passed them just after swimming in shallow water on July 6.

Paddlers were stunned when this shark was spotted in the shallow waters of the River Fal near Falmouth on the Cornish coast in mid-August

Paddlers were stunned when this shark was spotted in the shallow waters of the River Fal near Falmouth on the Cornish coast in mid-August

The most shocking case of all this year was when a woman was bitten by a shark off the coast of tourist hotspot Penzance in Cornwall in late July.

The swimmer was left ‘screaming for help’ after the shark bit her leg, leaving ‘blood everywhere’ in what is believed to be the first such attack in 175 years.

The unnamed woman was attacked by the shark without provocation and badly shaken while snorkeling on a £180 trip 15 miles off the Cornish coast. The Sun reported that she may need minor plastic surgery to recover from the vicious bite.

She was rushed back to the boat and given first aid before being taken ashore where she was treated by paramedics.

In a statement released by the travel agency, the bite victim said: ‘What was a very scary incident was made so much easier by the kindness and calmness of the people around me.

“Thank you to the travel team for getting me back to shore quickly and carefully and making me feel as safe as possible.

“We take all of these risks when we enter a predator’s habitat and we can never fully predict a wild animal’s reactions.”

Other shark sightings have scared holidaymakers since the shocking attack, including the shark seen by the Horne family off Folkestone, Kent last week.

Another shark was spotted in mid-August approaching the River Fal near Falmouth on the Cornish coast.

The blue shark was seen hiding in shallow water near a popular beach. Some experts feared that due to the shark’s unusual location and slow movements, it could be sick or disoriented.

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