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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Police search Majorca waters following latest shark sighting

Beaches in Majorca have been troubled by shark sightings this summer
Beaches in Majorca have been troubled by shark sightings this summer

top Irish holiday hotspot Majorca is on high alert after a new shark sighting.

Police were sent to the area around Cala Mayor, near Palma, after being told a blue shark had been spotted at about 7am yesterday. They were not able to find it in an initial sweep of the coastline with lifeguards on jet skis.

None of the beaches in the area were closed.

The alert was sounded amid rumours that the blue shark killed after being captured last month was not the same one that forced the closure of a string of Majorca beaches, including Cala Mayor.

Witnesses said the fish put down by experts from Palma Aquarium after it was taken ashore with an injury from a hook looked smaller than the one blamed for the panic along the coast from Illetas near Palma Nova to Can Pastilla.

Pictures showed terrified bathers running out of the sea on June 24 as a blue shark believed to be about eight feet long headed towards families.

Three beaches were closed briefly over two days but no one was hurt.

Englishman Tim Prottey-Jones, who filmed the shark seen at Illetas beach, claimed after authorities announced it had been captured that he thought the one he caught on film was a different shape and colour.

The musician told journalists: "I'm not really sure if the authorities have captured the correct shark, to be honest. The one they seem to have caught is not like the one I saw on the beach. I would say the shark I saw was about six feet long, but this one appears much smaller.

Attack

"It also seemed a lot darker in colour, but I'm no shark expert so it could have been a trick of the light.

"They have obviously found the shark very quickly - if they have found it."

A blue shark was blamed for an attack on a swimmer off an Ibiza beach in May, which left him needing hospital treatment.

The Spanish pensioner was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand after being bitten off the beach at Playa d'en Bossa.

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