Photographs of a Great White shark supposedly taken off the coast of Cornwall have been revealed to be a hoax.

Photographs of a Great White shark supposedly taken off the coast of Cornwall have been revealed to be a hoax. The fish was actually photographed in a different hemisphere, off the South African port of Cape Town.

The revelation comes as little surprise to Coastguards, who stressed that there has never been a confirmed sighting of a Great White off the Cornish coast. They may not be far away, however, because a young Great White was washed up on the French coast near La Rochelle in 1977.

And an expert from the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is reported to have said that he would “be amazed if there are not Great Whites in the sea off Cornwall. There is a plentiful supply of food and I cannot see why they could not thrive in the conditions.”