Huge ’10-foot’ shark spotted yards from beach popular with Brit tourists

A huge ’10-foot’ shark has been spotted off the coast of the Costa del Sol sparking fears among tourists and locals in the Spanish holiday hotspot.

Police ordered people out the water at the resort of Fuengirola after sightings began to flood in about the creature at around lunch time today.

Red flags were hoisted along more than five miles of coastline as footage emerged of what was believed to be the terrifying animal lurking in the waters.

The shark is seen swimming close to the shore and appears to be unbothered by people watching it close by.

It was first seen off Torreblanca beach before new sightings nearer Malaga off Los Boliches beach of a shark thought to be the same one.

Footage taken by stunned onlookers showed the fish – thought to be a tintorera or blue shark – moving through the water.
Bathers were asked to leave the water while local police and Civil Guard searched for it.

It had yet to be found by late lunchtime today.

Blue shark are one of the most common species of sharks in the Mediterranean.

The same type of shark was blamed for an attack on a holidaymaker in Elche near Alicante in July 2016.

The 40-year-old victim was rushed to hospital and given stitches to a wound in his hand.

First aiders described the bite as “large” and said he had come out of the sea with blood streaming from the injury.

Tourists were ordered out of the water the following month in Fuengirola after bathers said they had spotted a shark.

Lifeguards on jet skis helped kids on dinghies and from an inflatable water park near where the shark was spotted to safety as colleagues ran along the shoreline blowing on whistles and ordering swimmers out of the water.

Fuengirola beach, one of the most popular of the Costa del Sol with British and Irish tourists, was closed for five hours while patrol boats searched for the fish.

The red flag was hoisted along nearly two miles of coastline.The beach was eventually reopened after nothing untoward was found.

Last year bathers fled the sea in Cala Major near the Majorcan capital Palma.

Extraordinary pictures showed terrified holidaymakers running out of the water on June 24 as a blue shark described at the time as eight foot long – and known as a tintorera in Spanish – headed towards families with children on lilos.

Three beaches ended up being closed briefly over two days although no-one was hurt.

The shark thought to be at the centre of the scare ended up being caught and taken to shore.

Local reports at the time said it had a serious head injury, caused by a harpoon, believed to have led it to becoming disorientated and approaching packed holiday beaches instead of staying at high sea as is normal.

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