Yes I know it’s a tiddler but it’s still a shark. This common smooth-hound or houndshark was washed up on Studland beach. It was just less than 3 feet, the maximum size they grow to in the UK. Smooth-hounds are an inshore species and the shallow waters of Poole Bay are ideal for them. Harmless to humans, they eat mainly crustaceans like crabs and lobsters.
Around 40 types of shark have been recorded around the British Coast, the porbeagle being the most common and the basking shark the biggest. Recent research from the University of Southampton suggests some notorious shark species such as hammerheads, blacktips and sand tigers, already present off the coasts of Spain and Portugal, could be coming our way in the next few decades as sea temperatures rise.