A shark which swam into the shallows of a beach in Majorca caused panic as tourists, including young children, stood in the water.
The 10-foot fish forced police to evacuate Cala Domingos, a popular sandy beach on the Spanish island’s east coast, at 3pm on Thursday.
Footage filmed by lifeguards showed the shark, believed to be a blue shark, swimming just metres away from the beach in the crystal clear water which draws British tourists during the summer.
After swimmers were told to get out of the water tourists could be seen crowding on rocks and at the water’s edge to watch as the shark swam in circles, with its fin sticking out above the surface.
Workers at the Martinelli Beach Club on Cala Domingos told local paper, Diario de Mallorca, that people who were suddenly very close to the shark panicked.
Nobody is believed to have been injured by the animal.
Police and two biologists from Palma Aquarium tried to guide the shark back out to sea.
However, it appeared disorientated and they dragged it up the beach over “fears for its life”, lifeguards said.
They later revealed the shark died as they took it out of the water.
Animal lovers are now demanding to know how the shark died.
Blue sharks, which feed primarily on small fish and squid, are common in the Mediterranean but normally live in deep, cooler waters and do not usually come close to the shore.
They are just one out of about 47 species of shark found in the Med.
Although there have been sightings of Great Whites, attacks are uncommon as most live in the deep sea.
In June scientists released footage of a five-metre long Great White shark swimming off the southern coast of Majorca.
It was the first official sighting in Spanish waters in 30 years.
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