Tourist trap: 8ft blue shark terrifies holidaymakers in Mallorca

Tourist trap: 8ft blue shark terrifies holidaymakers in Mallorca

Tourist trap: 8ft blue shark terrifies holidaymakers in Mallorca

An eight-foot blue shark that caused pandemonium at a popular Majorcan holiday resort has been caught. The area was monitored for several hours after the incident to make sure the shark did not reappear, before beachgoers were allowed back in the water.

Videos released online showed the shark thrashing in the sand as it struggled to return to open water.

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

An aquarium employee said: "After a close examination by experts, a hook was found inside its mouth which had caused it irreversible damage". "Afterwards, it is euthanized to minimize suffering, stress and to provide it with a dignified death". However, last year there were reports a 40-year-old man was bitten on the hand by one as he took a dip in the sea at his local beach near Alicante in Spain.

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The first sighting came and went within five minutes, sparking pandemonium among those who had seen it as well as those who hadn't but were caught up in the drama caused by bathers racing out of the water.

Generally, blue sharks are said to feed on fish and are rarely seen close to the shore and thus pose minimal threat to humans.

Blue sharks are relatively common in the Mediterranean, but are not usually thought to be unsafe for bathers although one is thought to be responsible for biting a bather on the hand in 2016 in the sea off the eastern Spanish town of Elche.

Last month a blue shark was believed to be responsible for an attack that left a bather wounded on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

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