Red flags have been placed at Sunny Sands and the Warren, due to a suspected sighting of a basking shark off shore on Wednesday 24th August. As a precaution, we are advising that people do not swim at these locations for 24 hours.
Basking sharks are very large fish which feed off plankton, and are not considered dangerous to people or animals. Basking sharks have occasionally been seen off the Kent coast over the past few years.
While the risks are usually low, you should still keep your distance from any marine animals you may see while at the coast, including basking sharks, which are an endangered species.
It is a concern that such endangered creatures are swimming where raw sewerage may have recently been discharged.