Woman, 24, swims with 24ft sharks in jaw-dropping footage off Scottish island

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A Geordie lass swam with 24ft-long sharks off the coast of a Scottish island in an "amazing" experience caught on video.

Chloe Marie Wilson went underwater to hang out with a group of basking sharks whilst on a trip to the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides with her boyfriend Alex Edwards.

Chloe, 24, felt "intimidated" as the world's second-biggest shark species circled around her deep underwater, Daily Record reports.

The student, who hopes to become a marine scientist one day, told the title: "It was a day I'll never forget.

"It was absolutely amazing. We were told to stay completely still whilst in the water and not interact with the sharks.

"The male shark got so close to me and began circling. It was so intimidating.

"Despite being metres away from a wild animal it felt very calming.

"The sharks were fascinating to look at. I was focusing on the details on their body. I didn't actually feel scared.

"Humans are a bigger threat to sharks, through fishing etcetera, than they are to us."

Basking sharks are one of three plankton-eating shark species.

Despite their enormous size, there is no need for humans to fear them as they only feed on zooplankton which they filter out of the water.

Chloe and Alex were touring Scotland in their newly-converted camper van and decided to try the once-in-a-lifetime experience to make their trip one to remember.

Alex booked the shark tour with Basking Shark Scotland on August 15 before they set off on their travels – surprising Chloe with the unexpected treat.

Chloe added: "He knows I love sharks and I was so happy when I found out we were doing it.

"I've swum with a different species in the Philippines before but it was nothing compared to this.

"We went out on the boat with six others in the hope of seeing some sharks.

"We were lucky enough to spot some and our instructor let us go in the water.

"It's definitely the closest I've ever been to a wild animal."

  • Sharks
  • Fishing

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