From the BBC

A flurry of shark species have been caught in the River Mersey estuary as anglers recorded a huge surge in fish populations.

Smooth-hound, starry smooth-hound and bull huss sharks were all found in stretches between Howley Weir in Warrington and Perch Rock, Wirral.

The sharks were among 37 fish species recorded by the Mersey Rivers Trust.

The trust said “species diversity” had more than doubled over the last 20 years.

The last time a survey was carried out, in 2002, only 15 species of fish were found.

In this latest report, fish caught included cod, whiting, bass, flounder, plaice and thornback ray – among many others.

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