Police spotted the huge eight-metre long shark swimming just 400 metres from the shore in southern Spain, and immediately closed the waters as divers filmed it in the waters
Second largest shark in the world spotted swimming off popular Spanish beach
SECOND LARGEST SHARK IN THE WORLD SPOTTED SWIMMING OFF POPULAR SPANISH BEACH
Footage shows the terrifying moment a 26ft long shark swims just 400 metres away from the shore.
The huge animal, thought to be the second largest shark in the world, was captured on camera swimming near the shore in southern Spain.
It was spotted by the Guardia Civil maritime patrol just a few hundred feet away from a beach in La Momola, who immediately closed the waters in the area.
The Spanish Civil Guard said on Twitter they worked together with the Maritime Service to guarantee security for the basking shark, that is considered harmless to humans because, despite its intimidating size, it is a slow-moving filter feeder.
Although a traditional fishing village, La Mamola has grown in recent years as a tourist and holiday attraction, yet has still retained its quaint traditional Andalus character.
The Playa de La Mamola (La Mamola Beach) offers wide beaches, clean waters, several jetties for fishing, bars, restaurants, small supermarkets, bakeries, fish markets, gift shops, tobacconist, and other services.
The mountain and maritime character of La Mamola and the Costa Tropical offer a variety of traditional delicious Spanish and Andalucian (Andalus) foods that can be enjoyed in any of the beach-side Chiringuitos.
** Jetties are popular for the fisherman