A Civil Guard diver spotted a shark during a routine dive in Teulada on the Costa Blanca just days after a great white was identified for the first time ever in the north-west Spanish vicinity of Galicia
Sunseekers have been banned from going in the sea at several Spanish holiday beaches popular with Brits after a shark sighting.
A police diver spotted the predator near the shore off Playa Del Portet beach in Teulada on the Costa Blanca during a routine dive, with the force issuing a warning to town hall chiefs.
The ban, which came in on Saturday, affects beaches in the municipality between Valencia and Alicante, which includes the small coastal town of Moraira.
A spokesman for the local authority confirmed a Civil Guard diver raised the alarm and that until further notice “the red flag will be put on all the beaches”.
“The Civil Guard and National Police are investigating to see what kind of shark it is and the level of danger it poses,” they continued.
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“For the moment bathing is banned for anyone on the coast of Teulada Moraira until the authorities inform about safety.”
It comes after a 16ft shark identified as a great white was spotted in La Coruna port in the north-west Spanish vicinity of Galicia on Wednesday.
Marine experts confirmed the species and said it was the first sighting ever in Galicia.
A port spokesman said: “The Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona has confirmed it is a great white shark, thought to have reached the coastline disorientated, and it’s the first sighting in Galicia of this abundant species.”
A blue shark sighting had caused panic at a Benidorm beach back in August.
Bathers ran out of the water after the finned predator was spotted on August 12 off the resort’s Poniente Beach.
It was helped back to sea but appeared dead a few days later at a beach further south in El Campello.
Just under a fortnight later a woman was taken to hospital after being bitten by a fish on a Costa Blanca beach blamed for a number of past attacks on tourists.
Lifeguards decided she should be seen by medics after giving her initial first aid at the scene.
The incident occurred at El Pinet Beach in the municipality of Elche south of Alicante and just north of Torrevieja, on August 23.
The middle-aged woman at the centre of the scare is thought to have been bitten on her right foot.
Local reports identified the fish said to have bitten the unnamed woman at El Pinet beach as a bluefish, which can weigh as much as 30lbs and grow to four feet in some situations.
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