21 Aug, 2023 @ 17:15
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‘Shark’ sighting off Spain’s Valencia coast forces beach to close – before experts discover it was just a big fish

Blue Shark
The sleek blue shark, known for inhabiting the open ocean, is among the most commonly sighted species in Spain.

A BEACH in the Valencia region was closed on Monday after a shark was thought to have been spotted in the waters.

The decision was taken by the council in the municipality of Alboraia in order to guarantee the safety of bathers, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Lifeguards at La Patacona beach thought they had spotted blue sharks’ fins and raised the red flag on the beach in response. 

But the council later reopened the waters after experts confirmed that the sighting was in fact just a large fish that had come closer to the shore than is usual.

There have been a series of genuine shark sightings in Spain so far this summer, with a beach closed in nearby Safor at the weekend due to the presence of a blue shark. 

On Friday, the council in Oliva also closed its beaches due to a shark sighting. 

Blue sharks rarely bite humans, and usually feed instead on invertebrates such as squid and octopuses, as well as lobster, shrimp and crabs.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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