Researchers found the body of a 25-foot-long shark, and it’s grim but strangely beautiful


(TIML NEWS) Last week, the Marine Strandings Network was called in to investigate a dead shark in Cornwall, England. What MSN found was not just any shark: it was the fully intact floating carcass of a 25-foot-long basking shark.

Photographer Matthew Facey also visited the sight to photograph the shark.

“My initial thought from a distance was it looked like a great white, but I’ve never heard of one washing up here,” he said. “When we took a closer look he had no teeth, so it was clear he was a basking shark, quite common in Cornwall, and a gentle giant.”