Three sharks rescued after becoming trapped in Essex waters

Three sharks have been rescued in Essex.

The three ‘Smooth Hounds’ were found in Burnham-on-Crouch last Wednesday (October 14) where they had somehow got themselves trapped in a dyke behind the sea wall.

Thankfully, the Environment Agency were called, and were able to help them out.

The rescue team grab a quick picture with one of the sharks before releasing them
(Image: Environment Agency)

The sharks were stuck in around 30cm of water when they were saved.

Officers from the Environment Agency were able to catch them in nets, carry them to the open river and release them back in to the wild.

They made sure to film what was happening and even grabbed a quick selfie with one of the fish.

In the video you can see the sharks stuck in the shallow water.

They can be seen swimming around, with their fins out in the air.

Using nets, the Environment Officers catch the sharks and transport them to the open water where they swam away.

Smooth Hounds are native to UK waters, and are commonly know as ‘Gummy Sharks’.

This nickname comes from the fact that they don’t have typical pointy ‘shark teeth’.

Instead, they have blunt crushing plates used to eat crustaceans like crabs and lobsters.

Essex Live