Paddleboarders saw some-fin most unusual when a massive tuna swam into waters off Exmouth – sparking a coastguard callout.
The emergency service was alerted yesterday evening as the 10ft-long fish was first thought to be a dolphin which had become stranded in the town’s Duckpond.
It was also reported up to 60 people were in the sea trying to spot the unusual visitor.
But crews were able to scale down their search when it was confirmed the aquatic animal was in fact a bluefin tuna.
And one paddleborder who caught the fish on camera has posted a light-hearted video on Youtube – complete with Jaws theme music.
The tongue-in-cheek video – entitled ‘The Exmouth Estuary Welcomes Terry Tuna’ – had already been viewed more than 10,000 times this morning.
Beer Coastguard said it was tasked at around 6pm to assist Exmouth Coastguard ‘with a group of 50 to 60 persons in the water, trying to see a stranded dolphin’ .
A spokesperson added: “Arriving on scene it was clear that there were not that many people in the sea, and it was not a stranded dolphin, but a very big tuna estimated to be ten feet in length and not stranded.
“As no persons were in difficulty and all safe, we were stood down.”
Exmouth Coastguard posted on Facebook: “Tasked this evening alongside Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and representatives from British Divers Marine Life Rescue to a report of possible dolphin(s) stranded in the area of the King George V recreation ground – known locally as the Duckpond.
“A further report from the Exe water taxi suggested it was a significant tuna which had followed SUP boarders into the area.
“This was confirmed upon our arrival by the aforementioned SUP boarders stating a size of around 8-10ft in length.
“After a short, localised search, nothing was seen and we were stood down with no further action required.
“If you do see dolphins, porpoises or small whales stranded anywhere along the coast, always call 999 and ask for coastguard.”
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