hark measuring 15 FOOT long is caught off the Isle of Wight near to where a Great White was reportedly spotted two weeks ago

hark measuring 15 FOOT long is caught off the Isle of Wight near to where a Great White was reportedly spotted two weeks ago

February 2, 2022

AN angler has reeled in a 15-FOOT thresher shark in the same waters where a Great White was reportedly spotted two weeks ago.

Wayne Comben caught the shark three miles south of the Isle of Wight after a two-hour struggle on Saturday during which he was injured by the predator's long tail.



The huge fish was reeled in alongside Wayne's 17ft long boat – aptly named the Thresher – which was barely longer than the predator.

Measuring its length and girth, Wayne believes the thresher weighed 350lbs, making is 27lbs heavier than the existing British record.

Two weeks ago off the south coast a great white shark was spotted several times in the vicinity of nearby Hayling Island, Hants.

The thresher shark was photographed by Wayne's friend Graeme Pullen and then released safe and well.

But as it swam away its tail fin slapped Wayne across the left shoulder causing him heavy bruising.

Thresher sharks are not normally harmful to humans, although they can cause serious injury with their thrashing tails that they use to stun prey in the sea.



Father-of-one Wayne, 50, of Havant, Hants, said: "Threshers are very dangerous and powerful. If you get it wrong you'll end up over the side of the boat.

"They have a huge fin which can cause a lot of damage and very sharp teeth.

"It took me two hours to get the shark to the side of the boat as he made countless runs for it.

"It was an immense, very powerful creature – 350lb of solid muscle.

"When I released it it slapped me with his fin and gave me a big bruise on my left shoulder. I'm fortunate it was not a full-on slap because I would have been knocked unconscious.

"There's something quite thrilling about catching a thresher. I guess it's the sense of danger."

Thresher sharks are relatively-rare visitors to UK and are usually found in the warmer waters of the mid-Atlantic.

But it is said that more of them are being attracted to British waters in the summer months due to climate change.

This was the fourth thresher shark Wayne, a water engineer, has caught on his last four fishing outings with other catches including a 300lb whooper.

Graeme, organiser of Youtube's Totally Awesome Fishing Show, said: "The threshers are everywhere this summer but nobody seems to know why so many sharks are about.

"A lot of the sightings are from jumping fish, as they breach in pursuit of their prey, and even the commercial bass fishermen are seeing threshers busting their gear.

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He added: "With warm weather continuing, we all wonder what other species of sharks are heading towards our beaches.

"Everything seems to be running a month late from bait fish like mackerel, to the blue sharks that move close to our shores around the end of July.

"Maybe the warmer air temperatures coupled to the arrival of all these thresher sharks will create the perfect storm of sharks with multiple species of sharks turning up at the same time, perhaps coming into our waters all in one rush.

"With all the shark species competing for dwindling food sources there is going to be some competition amongst them, so expect to see more shark fins this summer."

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