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This Great White shark is being beaten by plastic waste

The Great White shark is being beaten by plastic: Scientists discover ocean pollution and 'ghost' fishing nets are snaring the mighty predators.

This Great White shark is being beaten by plastic waste

The great white shark, also known as the great white, white shark or white pointer, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.

The Great White shark has no natural enemies but the mighty species is fighting a losing battle against humans and our plastic pollution.

Scientists from the University of Exeter found evidence on Twitter of eight Great Whites being tangled in plastic waste from a host of sources, including 'ghost' fishing nets.

In one example, a Great White caught with a plastic noose around its middle off the coast of Australia.

This Great White shark is being beaten by plastic waste

The research found these plastic bands were responsible for 11 per cent of entanglements, the second most common hazard after discarded fishing nets (74 per cent of hazards).

It found more than a thousand sharks and rays are known to have become entangled in plastic debris with 'significantly greater number of species' likely to be affected.

Scientists at the University of Exeter found reports of 1,116 of the creatures caught up in plastic in the world's oceans after scouring existing studies and social media.

The true number is likely to be far higher, the researchers said, calling debris from land-based pollution and discarded fishing gear a 'severely under-reported threat'.   

The researchers reviewed existing studies and also appealed for information on Twitter, fearing that the issue had been pushed 'under the radar' by threats such as over-fishing. 

Co-author Professor Brendan Godley, co-ordinator of the university's marine strategy, said: 'Due to the threats of direct overfishing of sharks and rays, and 'bycatch' (accidental catching while fishing for other species), the issue of entanglement has perhaps gone a little under the radar. 

'We set out to remedy this. Our study was the first to use Twitter to gather such data, and our results from the social media site revealed entanglements of species - and in places - not recorded in the academic papers.'  

Recently, a Great White Sharks spotted off Devon coast and more could be coming
Great White sharks have been spotted off the British coast, it has been claimed.

This Great White shark is being beaten by plastic waste

Fisherman working around Devon say they have seen a number of the ‘Jaws’ creatures stalking UK waters. Experts say rising sea temperatures could mean that we see more sharks in the coming decades despite an overall global decline. 

Ashley Lane, who runs Ashley’s Fishing Trips from Paignton, said trawler men had spoken of several sightings already this summer. It is believed they are attracted to the mackerel and seals around the south west coast. 

Ashley said: ‘Great White Sharks are there now, I’m sure of it. I’ve not seen one myself but I do speak to a lot of fisherman who say they have. ‘I think species like this swimming off the Devon coast would be a great thing and definitely good for my trade – people would love to see that sort of thing. ‘However, you are then bating wildlife which interferes with the ecosystem – they are not pets and shouldn’t be treated as such.’ The Metro reported


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