This suggests the animal died long before it washed up on the shore.
It is possible that the animal died of natural causes before being dragged towards the shore.
The 40-year-old was out fishing with a friend on St Mary’s Bay near Romney Marsh when he caught the terrifying animal around 12pm, thought to be a foot-and-a-half long.
This means that this is a very rare opportunity for us.'A number of the gentle giants have already been spotted around Cornwall this year, and Ms Clear said that April and May are the best months to spot the amazing creatures.'Sadly this one is quite decomposed already.'But all the information helps us analyse it and learn more about basking sharks.'The video below shows the huge animal sadly washed up by the rocks at Chapel Point.Ms Clear said that if the team confirm the dead shark is a basking shark it will be a 'rare opportunity' for study, as the creatures don't often wash up.The mum-of-two, who lives in Perranporth but is originally from Norway, said: 'It must have been incredibly scary for her, especially as she was such a young girl.Posting the video on Facebook, she said: 'Be aware of the tides out there.'They come so fast. Luckily someone reacted very quickly, if not, she would have been gone.'I hope they all are back inside safe and warm now.