A MASSIVE dead basking shark has washed up on an Irish beach.
The discovery was made on Inchydoney Beach in Cork yesterday evening.
The creature of the deep is lying in a pool of blood and understood to be 15ft long.
It is thought to be one of two sharks which have been sighted off the coast in the last few days.
Locals have flocked to the beach to view the dead fish this morning.
Basking sharks are the world’s second largest fish after the whale shark.
They eat plankton, not people.
‘VERY CLEVER SHARK’
Graham Smith estimates he lost more than €500 worth of equipment when his kayak overturned battling a porbeagle.
The 43-year-old said: “I go fishing for shark a couple of times a year off Donegal in Ireland.
“On that particular day, it was calm inside the headland but once you got outside it was rough.
“The porbeagle is a very clever shark. They’re notoriously difficult. About 15 to 20 minutes I’d been fighting him.”
He continued: “Towards the end of the fight, he took me out where it was very bad.
“Some lads that I know were there so I gave them a shout and said can you give me a quick tow out of this rough stuff – then I can get the shark up and let him go.
“But the shark caused a swell before we were ready and it just flipped the kayak.”
In dramatic footage, the shark can be seen keenly pursuing the bait with its teeth bared.
FIGHTING FOR CONTROL
Mr Smith is then seen fighting for control of his fishing rod as the shark drags the line behind him and over his shoulder.
When Mr Smith starts to be towed towards shore, the shark drags the rod into the side of the boat, tilting the kayak past the point of no return.
An unsecured kit box is then visible spilling its contents into the deep.
Graham said a GoFish camera, a GoPro and his Huawei P30 mobile were among the items lost or destroyed.
He said: “Including the phone, it’ll be 500 euros I lost.
“Thankfully, most of the electronics are all tied on and waterproof.
“It’s only happened twice now in 13 or 14 years of kayak fishing. Another 15 minutes and I’d have had him up and let him go.
“It’s one of those things, unfortunately.”
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Mr Smith, from Moville, Co Donegal, was then able to flip his boat back over with some help from the crew who were towing him.
The shark had won this encounter.
“I cut the line,” he said. “I had to go home, I had to go to work.”