North Cornwall resembled Cape Town in more ways than one last week. Not only was the sea stealy blue and refreshing, with lines of perfectly breaking head high swells, but apparently there were Great White sharks reported.. Or so The Sun says. (which means it could have easily been a floundering greater spotted chav).
Last Thursday was the day to have been there. Torrential rain, strong onshore winds and a gnarly swell in the morning cleared the tourists from St Ives Bay to produce one of the most perfect windsurfing days you could get in the UK.
At about 12.30, just about every travelling windsurfer had, had enough, people were soaked, vans were drenched and mass depression had sunk in. It was cold, the wind had gone.
But like something out of a movie, the jagged frontal edge of the stormy rain clouds passed over the Bluff leaving deep blue skies and sunshine. 15 minutes later perfect sets started rolling into the bay as the tide was on the push. A rigging frenzy then continued as the 20 or so wave sailors stuck 4.7 sails up to score countless perfect waves in the cross off conditions.
The photo\'s don\'t really tell the full story as they were taken after about 3 hrs of sailing as the tide was dropping and the winds had gone a little bit onshore.. But you get the picture, and remember this was mid July!!
Maybe the jet stream moving south is not such a good thing for the wider community, but judging by similar reports from the rest of the country from the last month, once again the UK is the place to be.
And of the shark.. This is an extract of the story....
In a front page story headlined \'Great White Shark Off UK\', holidaymaker Nick Fletcher told The Sun tabloid how he saw "the 12-foot maneater" while he was videoing dolphins near the town of St Ives in Cornwall.
The paper dubbed the shark the "Cornish Jaws".
After seeing the footage of it following the dolphins and crashing out of the water, Richard Peirce, chairman of the Shark Trust, said: "It clearly has a white belly like a Great White.
"And something about the way it breaches - twisting as it leaps out of the water - also suggests it is. I\'m very excited at the prospect."
Oliver Crimmen, fish curator at London\'s Natural History Museum, added: "It\'s definitely predatory and definitely big. I can\'t rule out a Great White."
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Photo Credit: ocean source