Bookies Slash Jaws Odds
Updated: 12:19, Wednesday December 27, 2006
A bookmaker is offering odds of 25-1 that a great white shark will be caught off UK shores next year.
Totesport, which has come up with a series of "global warming wagers", is also offering odds of 50-1 that the Thames Barrier will be breached in London over the next decade.
The company, which thought up the bets with the help of former BBC weatherman John Kettley, is offering odds of 4-1 that 2007 will be the hottest year on record.
Totesport spokesman Damian Walker said: "Global warming has led to so many long-standing weather records being broken and we've been inundated with requests for unusual weather bets for 2007.
"We've taken professional advice on all our prices and the experts believe the possibility of a great white being caught off the shores of the UK is not as far fetched as it first sounds.
"In the summer of 2003 the National Geographic reported a credible sighting of a great white shark off the coast of Devon.
"And as the sea around the UK is getting warmer, many of the great white's prey have been moving further north into UK waters."
Totesport has said it will donate 50% of any profits made on these bets to Friends of the Earth.