Killer sharks could be heading towards UK waters amid rising ocean temperatures

A 10ft sand tiger shark
A 10ft sand tiger shark

According to new research, the migration pattern of tiger sharks could head further north to British beaches

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Killer sharks could be moving towards UK waters as sea temperatures rise owing to climate change.

According to new research, the migration pattern of tiger sharks could head further north.

Scientists are now anticipating that British beaches could be a primary target.

The study by the University of Miami revealed that the tiger shark's movement in the western North Atlantic Ocean has already changed due to soaring ocean temperatures.

The new predator's movements outside of their regular protected areas make them more unprotected against the dangers of commercial fishing, experts have said.

The waters off the Atlantic coastline's were biographically too cold for tiger sharks, but temperatures have warmed in recent years, making them more suitable for the fatal species.

The highly endangered species have the second most deadly attacks on humans, after great white sharks.

They can measure up to a shocking 4 metres long.

Director of the UM Shark Research and Conservation Programme, Professor Neil Hammerschlag, said: “Tiger shark annual migrations have expanded poleward, paralleling rising water temperatures.

“These results have consequences for tiger shark conservation, since shifts in their movements outside of marine protected areas may leave them more vulnerable to commercial fishing.”

Prof Hammerschlag added: "Given their role as apex predators, these changes to tiger shark movements may alter predator-prey interactions, leading to ecological imbalances, and more frequent encounters with humans."

Research by the University of Southampton also said that the UK could see an invasion of sharks occupying British seas in the coming years if oceans continue to get warmer.

Dr Ken Collins, from the university's National Oceanography Centre, says 10 species of shark currently found in warmer parts of the world could inhabit our seas by 2050 because of climate change.

Dr Ken Collins, a senior research fellow from the University of Southampton said: “I’ve been in marine science for 50 years and since then the channel’s waters have risen by one degree.

“By 2050 the Channel will be as warm as the Mediterranean, bringing a variety of new sharks to Brighton’s shores.”