Authorities kill shark scaring tourists in Mallorca of Spain

Panicked bathers ran out of the sea after a blue shark came close to the shore in a popular Majorcan holiday resort

Another witness, Esther Sánchez, wrote on her Facebook account that the lifeguards at Cala Major beach were urging everyone to get out of the water, as there were three sharks, the smallest of which was a meter and a half long.

Elsewhere in the Balearics an eight-foot blue shark managed to beach and then free itself within five minutes in Illetas, which is close to Magaluf, on Saturday.

Civil Guards and Civil Protection workers continued to monitor the beach and captured the shark on Sunday.

Video shows the shark thrashing in the sand as it struggles to return to open water.

"In these circumstances, a sedative is administered to tranquilize the animal".

Spainish newspaper El Mundo reported that the shark had to be euthanised due to injuries suffered by a hook found lodged in its mouth. "Afterwards, it is euthanized to minimize suffering, stress and to provide it with a dignified death".

Lifeguards raised red flags to clear holidaymakers out of the sea, before the Guardia Civil were seen searching the area. However, last year there were reports a 40-year-old man was bitten on the hand by one as he took a dip in the sea at his local beach near Alicante in Spain.

Similar instances have occurred earlier too in the region. It is thought that the injury had disoriented the fish, causing it to swim much closer to shore than normal for a blue shark.

Blue shark are one of the most common species of sharks in the Mediterranean.

Last month a blue shark was believed to be responsible for an attack that left a bather wounded on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

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