Dateline 17th June 2013.
Last week a 4 foot long smoothhound shark narrowly avoided ending up in the soup. The shark became trapped in a storm drain in Portland Harbour, Dorset, and was spotted by a pair of Chinese immigrants. Coastguard Rob Sansom found the pair trying to catch the shark using a rod and line with mackerel as bait. They admitted they had designs on the sharks dorsal fin, and Mr Sansom asked them to leave while he waited for help from experts from the Sealife Adventure Park in Weymouth.
The shark had to be handled with great care as she was found to be a heavily pregnant female, nevertheless Anna Russell and Jean Hibbitt were able to successfully catch and release her.