Poole man comes across a fruit bat on Bournemouth seafront
A Poole resident found a shark that had washed up on Branksome Chine beach.
Henry Clark came across the meter-long creature at 6.30am this morning as he was about to go for a sea swim off Bournemouth beach.
The 20-year-old said: “Last year I found a stingray that had been stranded, so I keep an eye out for this stuff, but I’ve never seen a shark on the beach before. .
“It was right on the beach, I put it on the rocks to see what it was.
“There was a seagull pecking at him when I saw him.”
Spiny dogfish, also known as dogfish or mud shark, is one of the most common shark species, found in abundance along the northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts. .
Spiny dogfish are gray in color with white markings and are approximately two to four feet long.
Harry added, “I hope he wasn’t hit by a jet ski or something like that because I know they’re rolling pretty close to shore.”
“I know there are sometimes quite a few people fishing off the beach at night, so I hope they haven’t caught and left this fish.
“Before Covid, I was in Africa trying to protect rhinos from poachers, so I have a keen interest in wildlife.
“It’s a bit of a shame if he was killed and left there, but let’s hope it was just a natural death.”