Benidorm beach goers flee after 8ft blue SHARK is spotted in shallows

Holidaymakers resting on a Benidorm beach have been forced to flee after an eight-foot-long blue shark was spotted in shallow water.

Horrified swimmers rushed to shore after the huge shark appeared in the sea near Poniente Beach, a few meters from them.

Video footage shows terrified bathers watching the blue shark swim in the shallows, with its fin clearly visible.

The creature was then seen struggling wildly from side to side and its body was almost entirely above the water when it touched the sand.

Police officers who were called to the scene Thursday can be heard telling bathers to withdraw, before the shark finally returns to the shallows.

Horrified British swimmers rushed to shore after the huge shark appeared in the sea near Poniente beach in Benidorm a few meters from them

Local policemen dispatched a helicopter and two police boats, and policemen could be seen observing the shark from the ships.  Above: The Coast Guard wrestles with the blue shark

Local policemen dispatched a helicopter and two police boats, and policemen could be seen observing the shark from the ships. Above: The Coast Guard wrestles with the blue shark

Police officers who were called to the scene Thursday can be heard telling bathers to take a step back, before the shark finally returns to the shallows.

Police officers who were called to the scene Thursday can be heard telling bathers to withdraw, before the shark finally returns to the shallows.

British tourist Christine Kettley, 36, who was sunbathing with her family when she saw the shark, said The sun: ‘This shark was huge, it was about 8 feet long and squirmed in the water.’

The mother of three added: “You wouldn’t want to go near him or anger him because he was old enough to cause serious injury to someone.”

“It was just swimming where everyone was paddling.

“Police and lifeguards rushed to the beach and immediately started pulling people out of the water.”

Shark in water

The shark was seen struggling

Video footage shows terrified bathers watching the blue shark swim in the shallows, with its fin clearly visible. The creature was then seen struggling wildly from side to side and its body was almost entirely above the water when it touched the sand.

Vacationers watched the shark

The shark was seen struggling in the water

Horrified swimmers rushed to shore after the huge shark appeared in the sea near Poniete beach, a few meters from them

What is a blue shark?

Blue sharks are considered dangerous and are known to be responsible for attacks on victims of sea and air disasters.

Blue sharks can reach 13 feet and 400 pounds and are found in oceans around the world, particularly the Atlantic, but they venture into British waters during the summer months and are generally spotted in the southwest.

It is a species of deep sea that reaches up to 3.8 m in length.

The shark, which has a metallic blue back, is listed as Near Threatened globally and is a priority species in the UK.

They feed mainly on squid and small fish, but can also eat sharks and smaller seabirds.

Attacks by blue sharks on humans are extremely rare but have been recorded.

Blue sharks are thought to have been involved in only 13 bite incidents, of which only four have been fatal since 1580.

The largest blue shark ever recorded in British waters weighed 256 pounds and was over 9 feet tall.

Source: Wildlife Trusts

Christine, who is from Great Dunmow in Essex, UK, added: “He’s been walking the coast all day and getting very close to the beach.”

Local policemen dispatched a helicopter and two police boats, and policemen could be seen observing the shark from the ships. Others had formed a line on the beach to prevent vacationers from approaching the shark.

Blue sharks can reach 13 feet and 400 pounds and are found in oceans around the world, especially the Atlantic, but they venture into British waters during the summer months.

Blue sharks, which rarely attack humans, are recorded as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Last month, a British postman came face to face with a huge blue shark while snorkeling off the coast of Cornwall.

Martin Yelland, 38, was diving just off Penzance when the blue shark swam straight towards him.

He stayed for about an hour, before being frightened by a group of 80 dolphins. Mr Yelland, who lives in St Erth, Cornwall, takes pictures of wildlife in his spare time. He said: “It was a truly memorable meeting.

“I was worried the day before snorkeling with the sharks, but once I saw the shark I couldn’t wait to get in the water because they were so graceful and curious.

“At no time was I scared, the sharks were curious but by no means aggressive.”

He added: “The blue sharks get so close that you sometimes have to get out of their way because we’ve been told never to touch them.”

Large-scale fishing poses a risk to the blue shark population, although the large shark range protects it from the effects of high fishing pressure. Despite this, population declines have been noted.

Its flesh is not much appreciated, but its fins are, which means that many blue sharks are finned at sea and then discarded.

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