Letter: Briefly

I READ with interest Keith Elliott's article about the possibility of great white sharks existing in remote areas of the Hebrides ("Shark- hunter claims great whites have colonised British waters", 6 September), particularly as I have just been diving for the first time off the Orkney Islands. Since returning I have been reading about the islands and their history and in one of the books, The History of the Orkney Islands, by Rev George Barry, 1805, I found the following passage: "The White Shark (squalus carcharias) has sometimes been seen, and has also been driven ashore in some places. This fish sometimes makes great destruction among the nets." I think I'll stick to the swimming-pool next time.

EDWARD POTTEN

Stockport, Cheshire

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