Two sharks spotted prowling popular Spanish beach as swimmers ordered to get out of the water | The SunJuly 26, 2023
SWIMMERS had to sprint out of the water after two sharks were spotted stalking the shoreline of a Spanish beach.
Lifeguards ordered people to get out of the water after noticing the prowling predators advancing towards the Port de la Selva beach.
Holidaymakers in the water are said to have alerted attendants to the danger on the coast of Catalonia shortly before 6pm on Monday.
The red flag was hastily raised to instruct swimmers to escape the water as two blue sharks approached the sand.
Beachgoers are said to have begun filming the terrifying spectacle as others rushed away in fear.
Civil Protection agents then headed out to try and locate the pair but were unable to track them down, so presumed they had fled.
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Leisure activities then resumed at the beach beloved by tourists around half an hour later – only for the sharks to return.
Although the waters had been deemed safe for swimmers, a surfer came up close and personal with the creatures nearby.
The sharks were lurking in the depths near the Punta s'Arenella Lighthouse, inciting further panic on the beach.
Officials again headed back out on the water to find them but were unsuccessful, according to local news reports.
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Blue sharks have been listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The species, also known as Prionace glauca, can grow up to 13 feet in length and can weigh as much as 450lb.
Locals and holidaymakers were warned to be wary of entering the sea following a spate of shark sightings in recent weeks.
Swimmers have been on high alert throughout the summer season in Spain, as the coast has been swarmed by sea creatures.
Tourists were left terrified on July 16 after noticing two fearsome fins rising above the waves just feet away off the coast of Portbou.
It came after beachgoers in La Antilla thought they had spotted a shark – but the surprise guest on the shoreline turned out to be a Cuvier's beaked whale.
Last month, families were seen frantically running through waist-high water as a shark swam up beside them off a Costa Blanca beach.
Days later, a blue shark sparked panic at Aguamarina beach in Orihuela Costa south of Alicante.
A shark was then spotted gliding through the water off a beach in Ibiza – marking the fifth sighting in Spain in just a week.
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Terrifying footage later emerged of another predator nearing the sands in Malaga, forcing Brits to flee to the shore.
The Patalavaca beach in Mogan, Gran Canaria, was then closed after two hammerhead sharks were spotted prowling near the coast.
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