Porbeagle shark found washed up on Redcar beach

Image caption Porbeagle sharks are critically endangered in the northeast Atlantic

A 4ft (1.2m) shark has been found washed up on the coast of Redcar.

The male porbeagle shark, which is a member of the great white family, was found on the beach by a member of the public at about 09:00 BST.

John Richardson, conservation officer for the Shark Trust, said it was "rare" for the species to be found washed up on the shore.

Redcar and Cleveland Council have now removed the remains of the critically endangered species from the beach.

Mr Richardson said it was "not unusual" for the species to be seen on the coastline.

He added it was possible the shark had died from natural causes or had been discarded from a commercial fishing boat.

A porbeagle is a "large, streamlined mackerel shark" with a "powerful body", the Shark Trust said.

The sharks are usually less than 10ft (about 3m) in size.

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