Biggest threat is rubbish on the beach, not scary sharks

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It wouldn’t be a British summer without at least one scary shark story, now would it?

And during a spot of surfing (the web variety I hasten to add) I came face-to face with this year’s most-sensationalist spotting.

An oceanic whitetip has apparently been spotted off the coast of Cornwall.

Seeing as this was my summer holiday destination I took an interest – and came away feeling very sorry for sharks.

The fact is our waters aren’t full of killer predators waiting to rip our heads off. Man-eaters aren’t something we have to worry about.

Our biggest threat comes from the amount of man-made rubbish we have to plod through on the beach, not what’s lurking in the water once we’ve got there.

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