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Incredible photo captures huge shark approaching swimmer off Kerry beach

Too close for comfort…

SURFER STEPHEN LYNOTT was on the south Kerry coast yesterday when he took this incredible photo.

On the right is a surfer. On the left is the fin of a basking shark approaching him.

Source: Stephen Lynott

There were three or four of the huge sharks in the area, Lynott said.

He added that the surfer paddled out for a closer look and estimated that one was 16-18 feet (4-5 metres) long – about the length of a Transit van.

Basking sharks are very large, typically growing to 6-8 metres in length as adults. However, they are not typically dangerous to humans as they feed on plankton.

Here’s a photo of one in action:

Source: Wikipedia

Thanks Stephen Lynott!

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