HOLIDAYMAKERS planning a trip to the beach this spring should beware before dipping a toe in the water - they could be sharing the seas with a 2,000lb great white shark and her offspring.
The man-eating shark, named Lydia by researchers tracking her progress, has become the first of the endangered species to be recorded crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
She is currently 800 miles off the UK coast, and still heading towards Britain, covering 313 miles in the past 72 hours.
Chris Fischer, expedition leader and founding chairman of the Ocearch shark tagging project, said Lydia may be looking for somewhere to rear young.
He said: "If I had to guess, I would guess that Lydia is pregnant and that she has been out in the open ocean gestating her babies and that this spring she will lead us to where those baby white sharks are born - the nursery."
Lydia had been swimming north but turned east yesterday, apparently heading straight for the Blackpool seaside.
Meanwhile bookies Ladbrokes were offering 2-1 on Cornwall as the shark's first port of call.