A fisherman who runs boats off of Devon’s coast has said it is "more than likely" Great White Sharks are swimming in UK waters.
Ashely Lane, who runs pleasure cruises and fishing trips out of Paignton, has said he has had reports from fishermen who have seen Great White sharks along the coast.
He claims sightings have gone cold lately but said it is likely the beasts could still be out there due to rising temperature waters.
It is believed shark species from the Mediterranean and African waters, including great white and hammerhead sharks, will be visiting the UK soon.
Ashley told Devon Live: "There are more than likely Great White's out there, mainly off the Cornish coast, but I've heard nothing so far this year. We usually hear more rumours.
"We've seen a few pods of common dolphins with juveniles in the bay and there are definitely tuna swimming around too."
A study has also revealed 10 species of sharks currently found in warmer parts of the world, such as hammerheads and blacktip sharks, may be swimming in British seas within 30 years as the climate changes.
But, those already found in UK waters, such as thresher, basking and nursehound sharks, are in decline due to over-fishing and other problems.
In 2018, Ashley told the website: "Great White Sharks are there now, I'm sure of it. I've not seen one myself but I do speak to a lot of fishermen who say they have.
"I think species like this swimming off the Devon coast would be a great thing and definitely good for my trade - people would love to see that sort of thing.
"However, you are then bating wildlife which interferes with the ecosystem - they are not pets and shouldn't be treated as such."
The boatman said coronavirus has taken a toll on his business, with a 100-seater boat running at about 50-60% capacity to allow social distancing.
He said: "Our 100-seater boat is running at about 50-60% capacity to allow social distancing.
"We have taken all the possible precautions including spacing people out on the seats, separate booths for families, screens, facemasks for passengers, hand sanitisers and face shields for staff so guests can still be greeted with a smiling face.
"The level of interest in the trips is down, but those who have been out with us have enjoyed it even more and really appreciated the efforts we've gone to to make people feel safe."