GUMS; Bathers' delight as they swim with a 12ft basking shark and her baby.Byline: By Lachlan Mackinnon Lachlan Mackinnon (born 1956) is a contemporary English poet, critic and literary journalist. He was born in Aberdeen and educated at Charterhouse and Oxford. He lives in Winchester with the poet Wendy Cope, and teaches English at Winchester College.
IT'S a sight that would normally have bathers swimming desperately for the beach.
Two black fins cut through the water in a scene like the film Jaws.
But none of the bathers are worried because the 12ft mother and her baby are basking sharks.
And a better name for them would be Gums, because they are totally harmless to humans. The pair are delighting locals and holidaymakers in west Cornwall.
And we could see similar scenes in Scotland, where sightings of the sharks are up 65 per cent in four years because of climate change.
Rachel Hosken, who took the amazing pictures from a clifftop, said: 'They've been a huge tourist attraction Noun 1. tourist attraction - a characteristic that attracts tourists
attractive feature, magnet, attractor, attracter, attraction - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees" . People are flocking to see them and swim with them and they seem to be really friendly.'
Ali Hood, director of conservation for the Shark Trust Shark Trust is a charitable organization founded in the UK in 1997  "dedicated to promoting the study, management, and conservation of sharks, skates and rays (Elasmobranchs) in the UK and internationally.". , said: 'The area round Land's End is a hotspot for sighting basking sharks.
'As the water warms up over the summer months, they will travel all the way up to Scotland
MAKING A SPLASH: The sharks swim peacefully beside a young surfer, above, and other swimmers