A civil guard diver discovered a shark during a routine dive in Teulada on the Costa Blanca, just days after a great white shark was first identified in the north-western region of Galicia
Sun-seekers were banned from entering the sea on several Spanish holiday beaches that are popular with the British after a shark sighting.
A police diver discovered the predator near the coast in front of the Playa Del Portet beach in Teulada on the Costa Blanca during a routine dive, with the police issuing a warning to the town hall chiefs.
The ban passed on Saturday affects beaches in the municipality between Valencia and Alicante, which includes the small coastal town of Moraira.
A spokesman for the local authority confirmed that a civil Guard diver has sounded the alarm and that “the red flag will be displayed on all beaches” until further notice.
“The Guardia Civil and the National Police are investigating what type of shark it is and how dangerous it is,” they continued.
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“At the moment, bathing is forbidden to anyone on the Teulada Moraira coast until the authorities inform it of safety.”
It comes after a 16-foot shark identified as a white was spotted in the port of La Coruna in the Galicia region of northwest Spain on Wednesday.
Marine experts confirmed the species and said it was the first sighting ever in Galicia.
A port spokesman said: “The Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona has confirmed that it is a great white shark believed to have reached the coast disoriented and it is the first sighting of this endangered species in Galicia.”
A blue shark sighting on a beach in Benidorm had already caused panic in August.
Bathers ran out of the water after the finned predator was spotted off the resort’s Poniente Beach on August 12.
It was helped back into the sea, but a few days later it appeared dead on a beach further south in El Campello.
Less than a fortnight later, a woman was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a fish on a Costa Blanca beach believed to have been responsible for a number of previous attacks on tourists.
Lifeguards decided that paramedics should see her after giving her first aid on the scene.
The incident took place on 23 August on El Pinet beach in the municipality of Elche, south of Alicante and north of Torrevieja.
The middle-aged woman at the center of the horror is said to have been bitten in the right foot.
Local reports identified the fish alleged to have bitten the nameless woman on El Pinet Beach as blue fish, which can weigh up to 30 pounds and, in some cases, grow up to 1.2 meters.