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Norfolk great white shark fear downplayed

PUBLISHED: 11:24 28 March 2011 | UPDATED: 14:46 28 March 2011

Shark fear: porpoise found with bite marks

Shark fear: porpoise found with bite marks

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Fears that a great white shark could be stalking the waters off the Norfolk coast have been downplayed by an expert.

Concern was raised after a walker recently found a 5ft porpoise with chunks taken out of its head and tail at Horsey, near Great Yarmouth.

Dr Ken Collins, a shark specialist at the University of Southampton, said the injuries definitely appeared to be inflicted by a shark.

However, he said the shark responsible would have been a much smaller species - such as a shortfin mako - and there was no need for alarm. The presence of sharks near a seal colony was not surprising.

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