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The UK could soon have great white sharks prowling its waters as the deadly killers get attracted by rising sea temperatures, it has been reported.
There is a documented population of Great Whites in the Mediterranean and they have been blamed for attacks that have taken place off Italy, with others believed to be in Ibiza and Majorca.
In 1989, diver Luciano Costanzo, 47, was reportedly eaten alive by a great white near Tuscany. His body was never found.
And experts have now said they believe the deadly sea predators could start heading to the UK from the Mediterranean as sea temperatures around our island heat up due to climate change.
They say there have already been 10 credible reports of great white sharks in the seas off the British Isles.
Dr Bob Hueter, chief scientist at the sea research organisation OCEARCH, told The Sun: "It is very possible that white sharks already occasionally venture to the British Isles but are not observed or documented.
"With climate change increasing water temperature, this likelihood could increase.
"It is not likely to be soon that white sharks will become common residents of the British Isles, but occasional visits by this species venturing up from the Atlantic coast of France may start to increase."
Dr Ken Collins, from the University of Southampton, based at the National Oceanography Centre and former administrator of the UK shark tagging programme, said: "It's likely we will be seeing more sharks spread from warmer regions such as the Mediterranean Sea towards our waters in the UK over the next 30 years.
"You get great whites off the coast of South Africa where the water is colder than here and I see no reason why we should not have them in our waters.
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''They are in the Med, which isn't too far away and so I see no reason why they shouldn't be spotted here, particularly off the coast of Cornwall where there is an abundant supply of seals, their favourite food."
Earlier this year a 17ft female shark named Nukumi became only the second in history to cross the Atlantic ocean towards British shores.
The only other great white shark tracked making the crossing was Lydia, in April 2014, which stunned scientists with an epic journey to the coast of Portugal.
Nukumi's two-month voyage took her to 1,700 nautical miles off British shores – and experts admitted: "She is capable of reaching the UK coast".
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- Great White Shark
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