Paddleboarder films 4ft shark in water weeks before dramatic beach evacuation

A Dorset paddleboarder filmed a four-foot shark in shallow waters – weeks before a scare resulted in swimmers being evacuated from Boscombe beach.

Riding on his board, Anthony Robins, the director of an IT company in Christchurch, filmed the waters on the coastal edge of Hengistbury Head.

Clearly visible are two sharks swimming underneath his SUP board, Dorset Live reports.

Panning around to prove his location, the paddleboarder shows the headland’s familiar shape in the background.

The sighting, on July 16, was made almost three weeks before a report of a "large aquatic animal" at Boscombe beach on Wednesday (August 4).

RNLI closed the beach to search for the reported shark, with claims that the unidentified creature pulled a fisherman's rod from his hand and it brushed up against an 11-year-old boy.

Anthony and his friend Nick Jenner, both 48, are frequent paddlers and go out up to three times a week.

They say this is the first time that they have seen sharks in the local waters and Anthony spoke to Dorset Live about the moment he captured the video.

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He explained: "We were about 400 yards offshore.

"The water was absolutely glassy so you could just see anything cutting through.

"We saw the dorsal fins from about 50 yards away and so we moved towards them.

"The pair of them were consistently swimming with the larger one in front and the smaller behind."

Anthony and Nick speculate the sharks were "likely to have been tope or smoothhounds".

With topes growing to a potential of nearly 2m in length and smoothhounds to 1.5m, the pair are likely to be young and growing.

Anthony added: "I reckon they are always there, it’s just sometimes when the water is so flat you can see anything."

This week a local angler claimed he battled with the "monster shark" that sparked the beach evacuation, adding that he had "never seen anything like it".

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