Search

Great white shark fin terrifies boaters on Finsbury Park lake

12:54 07 August 2014

Boaters at Finsbury Park realise their Jaws nightmares Pic: Tim Anderson

Boaters at Finsbury Park realise their Jaws nightmares Pic: Tim Anderson

TIM ANDERSON

Boaters on Finsbury Park lake were terrified when a giant shark fin sliced through the water towards them.

Like a scene from Jaws, the Great White’s dorsal appendage appeared from below the murky depths and headed in the direction of the horrified rowers.

Joggers, dog-walkers and early morning commuters also observed the watery encounters from the safety of the shoreline.

Luckily for the potential shark-bait, the whole scene was a publicity stunt set up by the Discovery Channel to celebrate their Shark Week series of programmes, which begins on Sunday.

The hand-carved polystyrene fin, created by BAFTA award-winner Jamie Campbell, was mounted onto a frame with flotation devices to guide the shark.

A rowing boat with a huge bite taken out of it was also placed on the boating lake island.

A spokesman for TV channel said: “When you go for a genteel early morning ride around the shallow Finsbury Park Boating Lake, the last thing you would expect to encounter is one of nature’s most renowned predators.

“All of the boaters saw the funny side and we can assure everyone that it is perfectly safe to go back in the water.”

This is the second shark related incident in Islington in the last couple of weeks.

At the end of July, an animatronic ‘killer shark’ was scared customers at Steve Hatt’s fishmongers in Essex Road. Islington.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:05
Firefighters went on strike at 6pm today.

Firefighters in Islington have gone on strike as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pension reforms.

Yesterday, 17:41
Robert Pattinson. Credit: Press Association.

A casting company is on the hunt for a youngster to star alongside Hollywood superstar Robert Pattinson in a new film.

Yesterday, 17:10
It sold for £275,000 (Picture: Zoopla)

A tiny Barnsbury home dubbed “Britain’s smallest house” has sold for more than £275,000 after attracting global media coverage.

Yesterday, 16:42
Many Freedom Passes need renewing before the end of the year

More than 20,000 older people can renew their free travel card during the next two months.

Most read news

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition