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  Teenager 'spots Great White Shark' in Devon
Updated 02 August 2003, 12.27
Great White Shark
A teenage girl says she's spotted a Great White Shark in Devon.

The fearsome predators are usually found in warmer waters.

But shark conservation experts say 15-year-old Chaynee Hodgett could well be telling the truth.

'Spitting fish'

Fact File
Great White sightings
Nearest confirmed sighting to the SW coast has been 200 miles away in the Bay of Biscay
One also reported off the coast near Padstow, Cornwall by group of fishermen in 1999
Several other unconfirmed sightings around SW coast since

Chaynee, who's interested in marine life, said she saw the shark through binoculars off the north Cornwall coast.

"It was white on its belly and on its back it was grey. The fin was black with a ragged back edge."

"It was spitting the fish out after biting them and then going back for them, which is indicative of a Great White," said Chaynee.

Great Whites are often mistaken for Porbeagle sharks which are native to UK shores.

But experts say if the information Chaynee gave is right, it must have been the secretive Great White Shark.

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