Tourists were forced to flea the sea in panic after a shark appeared near the shorelines of a packed beach in Majorca.
Police closed the beach early this afternoon while bathers, including groups of young children on pedalos, watched on as the fish swam around just a few feet away in the water.
The 10-foot shark, thought to be a tintorera or blue shark, made its unexpected appearance at Cala Domingos, a sandy beach that gets very crowded in August in Calas de Majorca on the island’s east coast.
Footage showed the animal moving through the clear blue water off the beach before coming in closer and forcing tourists out of the water.
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English and French speakers could be heard shouting out from rocks overlooking the sea where holidaymakers took refuge.
Children could also be heard screaming as the fish came in closer and closer to where they were standing.
Police were later filmed recovering it from the water and dragging it along the sand as stunned youngsters looked on.
At least six burly men could be seen hauling it away from the water.
A local lifeguard organisation initially tweeted: “Police together with lifeguards and staff from Palma Aquarium have removed the animal. We fear for its life.
“Cala Domingos beach was evacuated at 3pm today.”
But it later confirmed reports the shark was okay and had been taken back out to sea, saying: “Emergency services have just informed us that the tintorera shark from Cala Domingos has been rescued alive.”
Workers at a nearby beach club said the incident had caused obvious scenes of panic.
Blue sharks are among the most common in Spain.
They have been blamed for a number of recent beach closures which have affected holidaymakers in Spain.
In June one was spotted off the popular beach of Arenal d’en Castell in Menorca.
Swimmers were banned from entering the water for the entire afternoon.
One tourist could be heard saying in English as the shark appeared in the surf: “It’s coming.
“Oh my God, I think it’s dead.”
A woman, believed to be a relative, replied “No, it’s not dead” as other tourists were overheard screaming in the background before she added: “Every time we go to the beach something happens.”
Red flags were hoisted along several miles of coastline in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol after one was spotted in May.
Last June bathers fled the sea in Cala Major near the Majorcan capital Palma.
Extraordinary pictures showed terrified holidaymakers running out of the water as a blue shark 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.
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.
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First aiders described the bite as “large” and said he had come out of the sea with blood streaming from the injury.
At the end of June scientists said they had spotted a 16.5 foot great white shark near the uninhabited island of Cabrera off southern Majorca.
It was not immediately clear why the latest scare with a tintorera had occurred, although local reports said the fish had appeared disorientated and appeared to have something in its mouth.
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