Be on the look out for sharks

PUBLISHED: 15:12 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 15 June 2010

A DATABASE has been set up to record sharks along the Jurassic Coast.

A DATABASE has been set up to record sharks along the Jurassic Coast.The database has been set up by the Shark Trust as a way of recording sightings of sharks off Exmouth waters and along the coast - to be used for research in helping curb the decline of sharks. Ali Hood, director of conservation, said: "We are encouraging people to share what they see for research purposes. There is fantastic diversity of sharks (in British waters) but they are being threatened."There have been numerous shark sightings along the coast of Devon, but the trust says the various species are harmless and sightings of the 'Great White' are usually hoaxes.Exmouth's sea has less plankton than further down the channel so sightings are rarer, but basking sharks, thresher sharks, tope shark and porbeagle sharks have been spotted and caught in the summer months.Shark spotters are invited to log their sighting or pictures on the trust's website - - or call on (01752) 672020.

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