STUNNED beachgoers fled amid fears a huge shark was circling off the Kent coast.
A sinister-looking ‘fin’ was spotted moving menacingly through the sea just 150ft from the shore — as children paddled in the water.
Two lads who saw the mystery beast shouted “is that a shark?” before legging it at The Warren beach near Folkestone.
Mum-of-two Emma Horne, 30, was at the beach, less than ten miles from Dover’s famous White Cliffs, with her children Finley, Siete, and Alby, cinco, when they saw the fin.
Receptionist Emma, who lives locally, recorded footage last Tuesday at around 7pm.
Ella dijo: “We couldn’t believe it. The boys were playing in the water so I got them out quickly.
“There were two young boys who spotted it and were clearly scared — they ran away and one of them shouted, ‘is that a tiburón?".
“I’d spotted it and warned people and a woman quickly called her dog out of the sea. She was worried.
“Finley and Alby were in there playing with their fishing nets so we told them to get out then watched it from a distance.
“They were loving it afterwards though — they asked if they could go and catch it!"
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Emma agrees with experts that the creature was probably a basking shark.
They are commonly seen in UK waters during the summer months, are relatively harmless to humans and mainly feed off plankton.
Basking sharks can grow up to 26ft, making them the second-largest living shark.
Ali Hood, of The Shark Trust, dicho: “In this instance there’s a possibility that the sighting was a basking shark.”
Steve Harris, boss of fishing firm Dentex Charters, dicho: “I first thought it was a basking shark but we do get a lot of tope here, which could be feeding on the mackerel shoals inshore at the moment.
“It’s definitely a shark species though.”
Tope sharks have previously been caught off Kent.
They are much smaller than basking sharks with males growing only to around 5ft.