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JAWS: ‘Great white shark’ spotted off Herne Bay coast causes exodus of terrified swimmers from sea

PUBLISHED: 07:16 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 02 July 2015

A great white shark like this one was reportedly spotted in Herne Bay

A great white shark like this one was reportedly spotted in Herne Bay

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A great white shark has allegedly been spotted in Herne Bay - causing a panic among swimmers...but chances are it wasn’t anything quite so dangerous...

Reports today suggest a shark was spotted swimming close to the Kent coast yesterday, during the hottest day of the year so far.

In a scene reported as ‘reminiscent of the movie Jaws’ bathers rushed out of the water after it was spotted off the coast of Herne Bay.

The beach was busy with many people taking a dip when the shark was allegedly sighted in the shallow waters.

It prompted many to speculate it was a great white - although this seems highly unlikely.

A spokesman for the coastguard reportedly said: “This is quite early for shark sightings.

“This happens every years - people often mistake the bigger fish, like whale sharks, for something deadly.

“It is very rare for anything dangerous to be in the water in this country.”

Several species of shark can be seen off the Kent coast. This includes the basking shark which can grow up to eight metres long but feeds exclusively on tiny plankton.

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