17 May, 2020 @ 14:53
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WATCH: Huge 8-metre shark spotted in Spain’s Andalucia in second such sighting in two weeks

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DEEP sea divers have managed to film a ‘giant’ shark off the coast of Andalucia this weekend.

The creature was spotted yesterday by the Guardia Civil maritime patrol just 400 metres from the Mamola coastline, near Polopos, Granada.

They immediately closed the waters in the area and enlisted the help of nearby diving organisation, La Espera Underwater Activities Club, to monitor the creature as it made its way along the coastline.

Expert divers managed to capture the gentle giant skimming the surface using specialist underwater cameras before it disappeared into the ocean on its quest for food.

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Underwater cameras managed to capture the amazing creature. (Facebook – La Espera Underwater Activities Club)

Clearly taking advantage of the quiet waters, the eight-metre long behemoth was identified as a basking shark, a plankton feeder and the second largest shark species in the world.

This is the second spotting of a large shark in the space of two weeks.

Basking Shark
Despite their huge size,basking sharks are plankton feeders and completely harmless to humans

On May 3, a similar species was spotted swimming just metres from a pier near Calahonda beach in Granada.

It was estimated to measure around four metres in length, half the size of Saturday’s monster.

Basking sharks measure on average eight metres or 26 feet in length, with the largest recorded specimen measuring a staggering 9.75 metres (32 feet).

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at newsdesk@theolivepress.es with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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