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Shark found washed up on north Louth shore

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Shark found washed up on north Louth shore

Shark found washed up on north Louth shore

A Tope, which is a species of shark, was discovered by a man out walking along the Ballagan shoreline, close to Gyles Quay, on Tuesday evening.

Tope (or school shark) are known to venture close to Irish shores and are surprisingly regular visitors to the area.

Andy Egan explained how he happened upon the shark.

"I went for a walk after dinner on Ballagan Shore and found the shark - won’t be paddling tomorrow!!", he added.

Tope - also known as School shark, snapper shark, and soupfin shark - are found worldwide in temperate seas at depths down to about 800 m (2,600 ft). It can grow to nearly 2 m (6 ft 7 in) long. It feeds both in midwater and near the seabed.

The school shark is a migratory species. Animals tagged in Ireland and the UK have been recovered in the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Iceland.

Local fishing expert Ian Lindsay, says tope are a top sports fish in the area.

"I do a lot of tope fishing and they are one of the top sports fish we have - and Dundalk bay with Carlingford are two hot spots.

"You can tell by the shape of the tail and the shape of the fins, that it's a tope - blue shark have very long fins and are much sleeker.

"The blue shark gets it's name from the colour and the so does the tope."

* This article was updated July 5th - to correct the species of shark.