Shark 10ft long circles fishermen trying to catch cod in North Sea

A shark left stunned fishermen rubbing their eyes when it began circling their boat in waters just north of Teesside.

Andrew Grabham, 67, and his son John, 34, were fishing in the North Sea from Hartlepool on Thursday (November 11) when the toothy visitor got close enough for them to estimate it was 10ft long.

In the clip, the shark is cruising just meters away from their boat with its dorsal fin and caudal fin protruding through the waves.

The shark appears to be dark grey in colour but there isn't much else to aid identification in the video.

Andrew, from Long Newton, who saw it with his own eyes and is an experienced fisherman, believes it could have been a basking shark or porbeagle shark.

The retired accountant told Gazette Live: "My friend saw it first. He said, 'Oh there's a shark over there' and I thought, 'Blimey'.

"You could see the fins out of the water, I just got a bit of a shock.

"We got a bit closer to it so we could have a good look. We didn't bother it, we were just watching it all the time. It was really good.

"It was going quite slowly and it was on the surface. I have seen them in Cornwall before but not around here!"

Andrew said the shark was located in the seat between Hartlepool and Seaham in County Durham.

The group had been trying to fish for cod and also spotted dolphins and were able to catch some mackerel, which is unusual for November.

He added: "It was just like being in the south of France yesterday, it was lovely!"

According to The Shark Trust, sharks occur around the coasts of Britain and some are native, with at least 21 species live in British waters all year round.

There are also at least 11 deepwater shark species including the Portuguese Dogfish, Black Dogfish, Kitefin Shark, and Gulper Shark.

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