Dead shark causes a stir on Northumberland beach

A shark drew a crowd when it washed up on a Northumberland beach

Farmer James Robertson with the shark that was found Dunstan Steads, north of Alnwick
Farmer James Robertson with the shark that was found Dunstan Steads, north of Alnwick

A shark drew a crowd when it washed up on a Northumberland beach.

The rare Greenland shark was washed up on the beach at Dunstan Steads, north of Alnwick, on Friday.

Surfers, dog-walkers and families were surprised to see the nine-foot animal stretched out dead on the sand.

Local farmer James Robertson contacted Dr Per Berggren at the School of Marine Science & Technology at Newcastle University, and they came to collect the shark.

Greenland sharks are more commonly found in the waters around Iceland and Greenland, and it is rare to see one in the North East.

They can grow up to 21ft and weigh 1400kg. They have about 50 teeth in each jaw.

The shark will be held at Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats until a decision is taken on what should be done with it.

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