It’s still summertime. While people take to the beach for some fun in the heat, shark sightings become more regular. In one wild instance at a beach in Benidorm Spain, vacation-goers fled from the water as the creature swam right up by the shore.
Thankfully as is the case with the vast majority of sightings, the fish didn’t harm anyone. The 8-foot long fish was also left unharmed by the end of the video. In a scary moment, it looks like the fish may wash up to shore, but thankfully, it manages to swim off.
Officials deployed a helicopter and two Spanish police boats to track the fish for over two hours as it swam away from the crowded beach. One witness, a 36-year-old Mother named Christine Kettley, described the sighting to The Sun.
“This shark is massive, it was about 8ft long and jerking around in the water,” Christine said. “You wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it or make it angry as it was large enough to cause someone serious injury.”
When it approached, many vacationers were having some summer fun in the water, paddling around and swimming in the ocean. Thankfully, officials were able to help keep everyone safe.
“Police and lifeguards rushed to the beach and immediately started getting people out of the water,” Kettley said.
Experts Believe It’s a Blue Shark, An At-Risk Species that Travels Great Distances
Experts believe that the creature is a Blue Shark. Blue Sharks migrate long distances. According to Oceana, Blue Sharks have one of the largest geographic distributions of any shark species. This means you can find Blue Sharks in all sorts of areas of the world. The species is declining rapidly and is nearing the threat of extinction.
Blue Sharks are some of the most heavily fished sharks in the world. This type of sighting, while terrifying for beachgoers, is becoming rarer. While they are curious, they are also quite timid and have only been involved in causing a few injuries to humans.
The Blue Shark is also relatively small in comparison to other species. But it also has relatively large fins for its body size, making it an intimidating sight to see when you’re on a beach vacation. Blue sharks, like almost every other shark, don’t typically eat humans. Most bites made to humans are made out of curiosity.
“Sharks don’t have hands. So, if they want to explore something, they mouth it,” Nathan Hart, an associate professor at Macquarie University, told the Sydney Morning Herald in an interview about misconceptions about the animal. “Very rarely are humans consumed by sharks.”
Still, if you see fins in the water, it’s best to head for shore.