Sharks force beach enclosures in Spain twice a week, keeping vacationers away for their safety
- Tourists were not allowed into the sea yesterday after sharks were spotted in front of Almadrava beach
- Lifeguards on the Costa Dorada organized the rapid exodus of nearly 50 people
- Comes from Zahara de los Atunes beach just days after seeing 1.8m mako shark
Shark sightings closed two Spanish beaches in a week, while vacationers had to stay away for their safety.
Tourists were banned from entering the water for about three hours yesterday after seeing three blue sharks in the sea in front of Almadrava beach on the Costa Dorada.
Children could scream from the shoreline when the telltale fin of one of the animals appeared among the waves.
Lifeguards organized the rapid exodus of nearly 50 people from the water and raised the red flag just after 1:30 PM.
Beachgoers were not allowed back into the sea until around 4:30 PM, more than two hours after the sharks disappeared.
The beach closure occurred just two days after a six-meter-long mako shark was spotted in the water at the beautiful beach of Zahara de los Atunes on the Costa de la Luz in southwestern Spain.
Shark sightings have closed two Spanish beaches in a week, including the Almadrave on the Costa Dorada, with holidaymakers told to stay away for their safety
Children could scream from the shoreline as the telltale fin of one of the animals appeared among the waves at Almadrava beach on the Costa Dorada
The shark, which has been linked to several attacks on people and boats, has been identified by lifeguards on a jet ski.
The sea was banned for sun worshipers on Monday for nearly an hour and a half, from 3:30 PM to just before 5:00 PM.
Local coastguards managed to take it away from the shoreline before the beach was reopened.
The mako shark is a species of mackerel shark currently classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The one spotted in front of Zahara de los Atunes is considered a mackerel shark, capable of injuring and killing people, but generally will not attack.
Most of the modern attacks involving sharks were the result of harassment or catching the shark on a fishing line. They are known as one of the fastest species in the water.
The longfin mackerel shark, a more unusual species, has not been associated with attacks on humans, but their teeth and large size also make them potentially dangerous.
Tourists were not allowed to enter the water for about three hours yesterday after three blue sharks (stock photo) were seen in the sea
Blue sharks, also known as tintoreras, have been blamed in the past for attacks on holidaymakers, including one in Elche near Alicante in July 2016.
The 40-year-old victim of the 2016 incident was rushed to the hospital and had a wound stitched in his hand.
In May, a member of the Spanish Paralympic swimming team was filmed sprinting two sharks after a terrifying encounter at Sant Pol beach on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona, just over 160 kilometers north of where the latter sighting of sharks took place.
Ariel Schrenck accelerated after hearing his mother scream from the shoreline when she saw two telltale fins and the animals walking in his direction.
Ariel, part of the Spanish team that participated in the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships in London last year, was training at the time.
In less than a month earlier this year, three plankton-eating basking sharks were seen in the southern waters of Spain.
In one, on May 22, a balm swimmer was seen getting close to the animal in a spectacular video filmed off the coast of Malaga as it slid past him in the water with its telltale fin.