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Shark that sparked panic among tourists in Mallorca captured

While blue sharks mostly feed on fish, they have attacked swimmers in some rare instances.

Screengrab from holidaymaker's Youtube capturing of the shark.
Screengrab from holidaymaker's Youtube capturing of the shark.
Image: Magda Buksakowska via Youtube

A SHARK THAT sparked panic among holidaymakers by swimming into shallow waters in Mallorca has been captured.

The blue shark was spotted over the weekend in the waters around the Cala Major and Can Pastilla beaches, close to the Spanish island’s capital Palma.

Swimmers were ordered out of the water after the shark was spotted swimming close to bathers on Saturday and a team of technicians from Palma Aquarium were sent to locate the animal.

However, by last night the shark had been captured.

Local newspaper El Diario de Mallorca reports that the animal was found with a hook or harpoon in its head.

The rescue team from Palma Aquarium said the animal had been killed.

“After a thorough evaluation by the experts, a hook was detected in the mouth of the animal , which has caused irreversible damage. In order not to prolong the unnecessary suffering of the fish, (it has been euthanised).”

Source: Magda Buksakowska/YouTube

While blue sharks mostly feed on fish, they have attacked swimmers in some rare instances.

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