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Shark which terrified holidaymakers on Magaluf beach CAUGHT after dramatic pictures show predator swimming towards bathers

Mirror logo Mirror 26/06/2017 Gerard Couzens
Holidaymakers watch on as shark is brought to shore (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Holidaymakers watch on as shark is brought to shore (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM)

A huge shark sent panicking Brit holidaymakers running from the sea after stalking shorelines at a popular Spanish resort this weekend.

The 8ft blue shark was photographed swimming towards groups of bathers including children on lilos in Majorca on Saturday causing pandemonium before the beach was evacuated.

Parents grabbed youngsters amid a stampede to get out of the water after the shark’s fin was spotted rising above the water.

One woman had to be rescued by lifeguards as she was stranded with the shark between her and the beach.

It vanished despite Civil Guard and Civil Protection boats and a helicopter searching for it for hours in Illetas, close to tourist hotspot Magaluf - before reappearing on a beach a few miles away on Sunday.

Again it stalked the shallow waters along the shoreline causing the beach in Cala Major to be evacuated and closed.

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Then this afternoon it was found swimming at a third Majorcan resort in Can Pastilla leading to the beach being closed.

The shark was later captured and found to have a head injury, possibly caused by a harpoon, which could have left it disorientated.

The shark was later put down after suffering “irreversible damage”.

It was filmed on the sand surrounded by crowds of holidaymakers as well as lifeguards and experts from Palma Aquarium.

It was carried off the beach by the experts called in to inspect it, helped by lifeguards and local police.

Tourists and locals could be seen following behind taking pictures on their mobile phones before it was put into an aquarium rescue vehicle.

An aquarium employee said: “After a close examination by experts, a hook was found inside its mouth which had caused it irreversible damage.”

The spokesman said it had been given a sedative to minimise its suffering before being put down.

The blue shark, with its prominent dorsal fin, normally lives in very deep waters has been blamed for fatal attacks on swimmers.

Brit Tim Prottey-Jones spotted the blue shark as his unsuspecting wife Angela was about to wade in to the water at around midday on Saturday.

“We had been lying at the front getting as hot as we could before we went in the sea,” the 37-year-old said.

“Angela got up and was about to walk in to the sea and I saw this big dark fin. I started shouting her telling her not to go in.

“Suddenly everyone started running out of the water. People were carrying their children.

“It was such a shock because it was in such shallow water. I threw Angela my phone and she started taking pictures of it. There was quite a commotion.”

Illetas is part of the municipality of Calvia and around six miles to the west of the Majorcan capital Palma and a short drive from popular resorts of Palmanova and Magaluf.

The second shark scare happened around 9am today and lifeguards ordered people out of the water before hoisting up the red flag and alerting police.

A spokesman for Calvia Council said: “It approached the beach at Illetas yesterday between 12 and 1pm.

“It was kept under control and the beach is being watched as well today.

“The one seen off Cala Major appears to be the same one. It has been kept under close watch since early morning.”

Tim, a professional musician from Barnet, north London, who was on a four-day break in Palma, added: “I’ve since learnt they can attack people.

“You just don’t expect this in Spain. People we spoke to who live their were even claiming the photos of it were a hoax.

“It’s only a small beach as well. We are flying home today but I’ll be keeping an eye out in the water when we go back again.”

A blue shark was blamed for an attack on a swimmer off a popular Ibiza holiday beach last month which left him needed emergency hospital treatment.

The Spanish pensioner was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand just over a week ago after being bitten off the beach at Playa d’en Bossa, home to famous clubs like Ushaia and one of the most popular destinations on Ibiza for British and Irish tourists.

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