Dead sharks found washed up on Merseyside beach

The shark spotted on New Brighton beach
-Credit: (Image: Chris Hyamson)


Several dead sharks were found washed up on a Merseyside beach.

The discovery was made on New Brighton beach on Saturday, May 25 at around 7am by a walker. The man sent pictures to the ECHO and said he spotted around nine of the creatures washed up over approximately a mile.

The sharks are understood to be either a dogfish or a smooth-hound. The dogfish and smooth-hounds are non-residents of the River Mersey but have frequently been caught and spotted on the region's coastlines.

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Back in February, the ECHO reported more species of fish were found in the River Mersey last year than ever before in what is being described as "the greatest river recovery in Europe."

There were 45 different kinds of fish found in the river in 2023 by The Mersey Estuary Species Hunt, a partnership between anglers and the Mersey Rivers Trust. This is higher than the 37 species found in the hunt’s first year in 2022 where five types of sharks were found.

The news has been hailed as a sign the river is improving but concerns continue to be raised about continued pollution including from sewage discharges.

Cod, rays, scorpion fish, different types of eel, herring, stickleback, as well as edible species like bass, sole, and plaice were all identified in the river this year. A rare venomous fish called a bluemouth rockfish was also caught off the Wirral coast but not included in the Mersey competition.

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