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Shark Encounter for Freediver off Chesil Beach

Fishing 2011 024

10:52am 24th July 2012
(Updated 12:39pm 24th July 2012)

A routine spearfishing trip, soon turned into a terrifying encounter for 3 divers off Chesil Beach.

Clive Gavin Thomas was free dive fishing with his 2 friends at the weekend (21st- 22nd July 2012) when a 3 metre Porbeagle Shark decided to take a closer look at the trio

The 44 year old from Weymouth was shoved by the creature who kept coming back. Click the player below to hear Clive's account.

Clive, who works at Spear Fishing Specialists Crystal Vis, has plenty of experience free diving in our waters so he knew the Porbeagle was unlikely to harm him, but he says he was still pretty scared, click the player below to listen to Clive.


Now free diver Clive has had time to reflect on his close encounter, he's certain the creature was simply interested in his fish, and although such incidents are fairly rare off Portland, he says the waters around the Dorset coast are changing. You can hear more by clicking the player below.


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