A great white shark spotted crossing from one side of the Atlantic into the other is on its way to hold discussions with the board of directors at the Co-op Bank, says the head of the expedition tracking it.
At the weekend, the satellite-tagged fish, called Lydia, crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge, with a team of scientists in hot pursuit on board the research vessel, M/V Ocearch.
Scientists used a 34,000kg (75,000lb) capacity hydraulic platform, operated from the vessel, to safely lift the shark from the ocean so that researchers could search for clues as to its destination. The shocking data linked the shark to the Co-op Bank’s communications centre in Manchester.
“According to the signals and data that we’ve managed to transcribe the shark is scheduled to meet the Co-op’s board of directors on Monday morning at the Bank’s HQ in Manchester. We expect it to reach the Manchester Ship Canal by Sunday afternoon after a brief stop at Harry Ramsden’s for a fish and chip supper in Liverpool docks.”
Speculation about the replacement of Co-op Group chief executive Euan Sutherland, following the offer of his resignation has been rife, according to the BBC's Robert Peston. “Ongoing building work at the Group’s £100m headquarters was said to be for a huge Think Tank. It is now very apparent just what kind of tank they are installing.”
Mr Sutherland, who joined last May, said last month that 2013 had been "perhaps the worst year" in the Co-op's long history and, unlike the incoming Great White Shark it had "lost its way".