Devon shark sighting: Huge fin spotted near paddleboarder off UK beach as dog 'desperately tries to warn swimmer' | The Sun

A HUGE "shark" fin has been spotted poking out of the water near to where a couple had just been.

Billy Mole and his partner Meg O’Beirne had gone to Littlecombe Shoot, Devon, along with their dog Baloo who seemed to warn them about the possible danger.

Meg was paddleboarding in the sea with Billy swimming near her when they saw the fin close to where they had just been.

Billy said: "The water was freezing but I really love the refreshing feeling so didn't let it put me off a quick swim while she was paddling around.

"Our dog Baloo usually swims alongside me too, although this time she wouldn't come out as far as I was and kept circling back and standing on the shore whining.

"I did think that was unusual at the time and am now wondering if she could sense something in the water and was trying to lead us back in."

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Billy added he had been swimming for around 20 minutes before he headed back to the beach to comfort a worried Baloo and try to get her to go for a swim again.

While the pooch did go back into the sea she wouldn’t venture into deep water, so Billy decided to swim alone for a bit longer.

A short while later the couple both came out of the sea to grab some lunch.

Billy said: "We were sat eating a sandwich and noticed something dark coloured in the water, it wasn't bobbing up and down like something floating on top of the water and you could see it was something triangular shaped sticking out.

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"We went down to the shoreline to get a closer look and could see it was a dorsal fin in the water, we were in complete disbelief as it was pretty much exactly where we had just been in the water.”

"It was an amazing thing to see and I didn't really feel fear at the thought that it could have been in the water with us, I was in awe of it and even a week later can't believe what we saw.

"It was only after staring at it in silence together for a while that I thought of taking some pictures and a video to show people.

"Shortly after this it disappeared but then popped up again further down the beach, the birds were following it around so it obviously had found some fish to eat over there.

We went down to the shoreline to get a closer look and could see it was a dorsal fin in the water, we were in complete disbelief as it was pretty much exactly where we had just been in the water

"I don't believe it is a dangerous species, it must have been nearby to us at the time we were swimming and decided not to come near and I don't think it will put me off going for a swim any time soon."

Earlier this month, a fearsome-looking 10ft shark, weighing more than 17 stone, was found off Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Fisherman Barry Trevett, of Sidmouth, Devon, said the smalltooth sand tiger shark looked to have died from natural causes.

It is the third found off the British Isles in two months, leading experts to believe they could be spreading into our warming waters.

In March a smaller one washed up on Lepe Beach, Hants — thought to be the first of the docile species ever recorded in Britain.

The same month, a “huge” shark was spotted swimming around the harbour at St Ives in Cornwall.

Experts have identified it as a basking shark, which can grow up to 45 feet long.

The Wildlife Trust describes the basking shark as a "gentle giant" and they are not commonly known to be aggressive towards humans.

However, the Trust advises anyone who encounters a basking shark in the water to give it plenty of space as its sheer size can make it dangerous.

The Trust's website states: "Remember that sharks can be unpredictable.

"If swimming with the sharks, stay in a group and remain at least 4m from each shark.

"You should never touch the shark."

In February, fears were sparked a great white shark could be stalking the UK coast after a giant dorsal fin was spotted off the Cornish coast.

Naturalist and shark-spotter ­Hayley Bisofsky-Pope said: “It’s definitely not a porbeagle, basking or thresher shark. This is exciting and terrifying in equal measures.

“I’ve said it for a while that it makes no sense why we don’t have great whites here.

“We have favourable sea temperature and good fish stock and a fresh supply of seals. If it is a white we will begin seeing its impact on the seal population.”

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Other experts have said great whites could be swimming up from the Med.

And in July a woman was bitten on the leg by a blue shark while snorkelling off Penzance.

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