Dead 15ft basking shark washes up on Scottish beach

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Largs Coastguard Rescue Team have released photos of a dead 15ft (5m) basking shark which washed up at Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire in Scotland.

The shark was discovered on the 23rd January this year. A skin sample was taken from below the shark’s dorsal fin to determine the cause of death, the results of which have not yet returned.

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the shark was found near the A78 Shore Road.

An MCA spokeswoman said: “This was reported to us by a member of the public in the evening of 23 January. The shark was dead when it washed up. It was 15ft long and weighed a few tonnes.

“North Ayrshire Council was contacted and we sent Largs Coastguard Rescue Team to confirm it. All relevant agencies were informed.”

Sources: www.bbc.co.uk, Largs Coastguard Rescue Team Facebook Page

Photos: Largs Coastguard Rescue Team

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