Swimmers given shark warning ahead of warm weekend

Brighton beach on a sunny day. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

Brighton beach on a sunny day. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Swimmers in the south coast have been warned to keep an eye out for sharks ahead as forecasters predict temperatures of up 25°C this weekend.

The warm weather comes as fishermen prepare to net the largest haul of mackerel seen in UK waters for more than 30 years.

While good news for fishermen, veteran angler Graham Pullen has warned the giant haul will attract large numbers of sharks to the south coast. He says large shoals of the fish could bring the sharks in close to beaches.

Mr Pullen, who presents the Totally Awesome Fishing Show, told The Mail Online: "This huge influx of mackerel is sure to draw in the sharks - blue sharks, thresher sharks and the porbeagle shark all eat mackerGraham Pullenel.

"If the mackerel are driving the bait-fish right onto the beaches, which they have been, then the big sharks could well be close behind them.

"It might be wise for people to be aware of any big shoals of mackerel, as you never know what sort of predator might be hunting them."

Met Office forecasters say Saturday (August 6) will be a dry day with plenty of warm sunny spells, a little fair-weather cloud and light winds. Perhaps becoming hazy and humid near some southern coastal districts into the evening.

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