The scary-looking monster of the deep was filmed knifing through the north Dublin harbour at the weekend
THIS is the shocking moment a shark was spotted swimming yards from where a group of children had been enjoying a sailing lesson.
The scary-looking monster of the deep was filmed knifing through the harbour in Skerries, north Dublin, at the weekend.
Sailing instructor Kerri-Ann Boylan, 22, was just finished teaching a lesson to the kids in the seaside town on Sunday at around 4.30pm when they spotted the plankton-chomping behemoth.
And terrifyingly she was just about to ask her pupils to to jump out of her boat and swim in with their dinghies to shore when she spotted the shark’s fin.
Kerri-Ann told the Irish Sun: “We had been out for the afternoon but there was no wind, it was a flat calm day and I was just towing the kids in with their dinghies.
“I was about to get all my kids to jump out of my boat and swim in with their boats to shore when we saw it cross the front of my boat. As soon as I saw it, we all stopped for a minute and had a good gawk.
“It was very long and all the kids started screaming.”
Kerri-Ann grabbed her phone and was able to record the extraordinary footage, which clearly shows the shark’s fin visible about the water.
She added: “It seemed to hang around and swim for a good while.”
She added: “Luckily I was quick enough with my phone to get the video and just caught it swimming away.
“It was in about two feet of water just off the slipway in Skerries Harbour.
“I’ve always been told growing up and sailing around Ireland that the only sharks we have are basking sharks and they are harmless.
“I’m not an expert but I’ve received a few texts from people saying they think that’s what it is, although others have said Irish waters have a number of shark species so who really knows.”
Kerri-Ann said the sighting caused great excitement among the children, who were thrilled to get a look at the rare fish.
She explained: “I was delighted the kids were at the prime position to see it at the front of the boat at the time, as it’ll be something they’ll never forget.
“They where all so excited after. I went back out to tow in two more kids had a look around for it but it was long gone.”
Kerri-Ann said she has been sailing in Australia and coached in the States, yet that that the first time she’d ever caught sight of one herself.
She added: “I’ve raced in Australia, where there were supposedly a number of hammerheads, and I’ve coached for the last three summers in Nantucket, Cape Cod, where Jaws was filmed and never seen a shark.
“Of course I would have to see one in Ireland in the middle of Skerries Harbour.”