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Swimming postman comes face-to-face with huge shark on staycation snorkel trip

An unfazed postman came face-to-face with a huge shark while snorkeling off the coast of Cornwall.

Martin Yelland, 38, was diving just off the coast of Penzance when the blue shark, which can grow up to 13ft, swam straight towards him.

It stuck around for about an hour, before being scared off by a pod of 80 dolphins.

Martin, who also takes wildlife photographs in his spare time and lives in St Erth, Cornwall, said: "It was a really memorable encounter.

"I was apprehensive the evening before the shark snorkel, but once I saw the shark I was just amped to get in the water as they were so graceful and inquisitive.

"At no stage did I feel frightened, the sharks were curious but in no way aggressive.

"The blue sharks come so close you sometimes need to get out of their way, as we were told never to touch them."

The father-of-two fell into animal photography after starting a family and has been snapping local wildlife like kingfishers, choughs, badgers, foxes and deers for many years.

He added: "It was such a buzz, and to see the super pod of dolphins was insane too.

"There were a group of 10 of us out on the snorkel trip, and I loved it so much I've booked on again next week.

"I've always done surf and more recently wildlife photography, but seeing the sharks up close was one of the best things I've ever done."

It comes just days after an 11-year-old boy was “lucky to be alive” after a shark brushed his leg while he was swimming in the Bournemouth sea.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was forced to warn swimmers on the busy beach to get out of the sea immediately.

They put red flags up and closed the beach for over an hour.

And in Dorset, a paddleboarder filmed a four-foot shark in shallow waters 400 feet from the edge of Hengistbury Head.

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