A 10-foot long basking shark swam into the Looe Harbor in Cornwall and sent onlookers into a panic because it was the first time a shark had been sighted in the area in the last two decades as reported in The Telegraph dated 21st of May 2012.
It had, apparently, entered the harbor with the tide and was trying to go into River Looe – it is presumed that it had lost its way because it returned to the open sea after an hour or so.
This was a small one because these basking sharks can grow up to 39-foot in length long and tip the scales at 7-tonnes.
These sharks are usually seen off the coast of Britain at summertime – they come to feed on planktons and seldom go near to the shores. This was an exception.