Great white sharks are not typically a species seen in the waters off of Ireland, but after photographer Bernard Fitzgerald discovered a porbeagle shark, a species in the same family as great whites, washed up on Aughacasla beach in Castlegregory, Co Kerry, it seems that more attention is on the potential movement of great white sharks into the area.
The attention brought to this 6-foot long porbeagle comes in large part from the attention on Lydia, the first great white shark known to have crossed the Atlantic. She was tagged last year in Florida as part of Ocearch, and is being monitored as she swims within about 750 miles from Ireland's shores. The trek is one that has scientists fascinated with the unexpected route.
The porbeagle looks much like a great white, though smaller, so naturally people wondered if it was actually the great white that had washed up. Even though not the species that gives everyone the chills when they think of sharks, the porbeagle is still news-worthy -- no one has heard of one washing up before, and there weren't any signs of injury.
You can watch the fascinating progress of Lydia on Ocearch's website.
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