50 Smooth-Hound Sharks Spotted on the Selsey West Sussex Coast

By James O Malley on at

Sussex is being invaded by sharks according to the RSPB, as around 50 Common Smooth-Hound sharks have been spotted at the Medmerry nature reserve.

According to The Australian, the sharks can reach up to 1.5m in length. So not quite as big as the Great White Shark from Jaws, but presumably big enough to do some damage.

Brilliantly, it turns out that the RSPB's social media person is a fan of Street Sharks:

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Park Warden Peter Hughes is quoted as saying:

“There were just these huge fish everywhere in knee-deep water. We knew in time that Medmerry was going to be a great place for wildlife, but I don’t think anyone expected this. We assume they were coming in to feed on the crabs and other marine life that have made their home at Medmerry.”

Apparently Smooth-Hounds are more usually found offshore - somewhere between 5 and 50m deep, whereas Madmerry is 7km in-land, which makes their appearance rather unusual. [The Australian]

Image Credit: RSPB.