A SHARK that sparked terror among Mallorca bathers has been put down.

The eight-foot blue shark was spotted on Saturday near Illetes and Cala Nova and yesterday in Cala Major, Can Pastilla and Playa de Palma forcing police to close the beaches.

PUT DOWN: Eight-foot blue shark sparks Mallorca terror

Frightened swimmers fled from the sea with one woman having to be rescued by lifeguards after being caught between the shoreline and the shark.

The shark was found to have a serious head wound, caused by a hook inside its mouth.

Technicians from Palma Aquarium were forced to put the shark down.

It comes after a shark attached a Spanish pensioner in Ibiza last week, causing a gash on his hand.