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Blue shark spotted by cameraman in Brixham

It's not every day you come across a blue shark while out filming for ITV News West Country Credit: ITV News

Eagle-eyed cameraman Matt Mulcrone spotted a shark-like fish in the background of a shot while interviewing a diver by the breakwater in Brixham.

He thought it was a dogfish. The diver, Ian Russell from Bristol, followed it and was able to pick it up. He identified it as a rare blue shark and told ITV News West Country he was thrilled as he had never seen anything like it in 12 years of diving off the South Devon coast.

He immediately returned it to the water and encouraged it to swim away.

Bristol diver Ian Russell was thrilled by the discovery Credit: ITV News

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Devon beach evacuated after shark sighting

Cornwall Wildlife Trust says basking sharks are back in high numbers this year Credit: Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife/PA

Surfers and swimmers were evacuated from a Devon beach after a shark’s fin was spotted in the water.

A member of the public raised the alarm after ­spotting it offshore at Croyde Bay.

RNLI beach lifeguards advised people to leave the water as a precaution as the fin was inside a ‘safe swimming’ zone.

Conservation charity The Shark Trust says it's “highly likely” it was a basking shark.

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