Angler hauls biggest blue shark found in British waters

This is the incredible moment four fishermen hauled in the biggest ever blue shark caught in British waters.

Their capture of the enormous 18-stone (256lbs) monster shark obliterated the previous record of 15.3 stone, which has stood for 58 years.

The deadly 9ft long fish was caught during a fishing trip off Penzance, Cornwall, by amateur angler John Dine.

Weighing in at 18 stone, this is the biggest blue shark to ever be found in British waters, and was caught by an amateur angler and his three mates off the Cornwall Coast

Weighing in at 18 stone, this is the biggest blue shark to ever be found in British waters, and was caught by an amateur angler and his three mates off the Cornwall Coast

With the help of three mates, he spent an hour reeling the predator in toward their 30ft fishing boat.

After heaving it aboard, the group calculated its weight by measuring its length and girth.

They then struggled to hold it for the obligatory photo before returning it safely back into the sea.

Blue sharks, which rarely attack humans, are registered as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Essex fishermen will claim the ‘catch and release’ record from the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain within the next month.

The catch was made while on board a charter boat called Bite Adventures, which is backed by fishing tackle manufacturer Fin-Nor.

Shark sightings in UK

Footage of what appeared to be a 14-ft great white shark off the coast of Cornwall near Falmouth surfaced in 2015. 

A group of blue sharks were spotted near Penzance in Cornwall in September 2016. 

Two anglers

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