Friday, 30 June 2017

Blue shark captured following Mallorca beach panic




Shark was first spotted close to beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, then discovered to have serious head wound

Sam Jones in Madrid

Monday 26 June 2017 08.18 BST First published on Sunday 25 June 2017 17.59 BST 

A blue shark whose presence in shallow waters off the coast of Mallorca caused panic over the weekend and led to the evacuation of beaches on the Balearic island, has been captured.
The animal was first spotted on Saturday as it swam close to the beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, near the Mallorcan capital of Palma. Pictures showed the shark gliding through the water a few metres from bathers, who dashed to the safety of the shore.

Lifeguards raised the red flag, ordered swimmers out of the water and closed the beach after the sighting. Experts in motorboats then conducted a search of the area to try to find the shark.

By Sunday afternoon it had been located and captured. A local paper, the Diario de Mallorca, reported that the shark had been found with a serious head wound, apparently caused by a harpoon. 

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