Killer shark spotted off Benidorm leaves terrified British tourists scrambling

Brits fled in terror after spotting a killer shark thrashing through the waters of a Benidorm beach on Thursday.

The 8ft monster was through the waves just yards from the Poniente beach – sending panicked swimmers scrambling through the crashing waves to find safety on the sand.

British mum-of-three Christine Kettley, 36, was sunbathing with her family when the beast first swarmed the shoreline.

She told the Sun: "This shark is massive, it was about 8ft long and jerking around in the water.

"You wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it or make it angry as it was large enough to cause someone serious injury."

She said holidaymakers had been enjoying a swim and some carefree paddling at the same time the shark approached.

Lifeguards and police acted quickly enough to get people out of the water after the beast was spotted, she added.

A helicopter and two Spanish police boats were deployed to the 70-metre wide beach to monitor the huge fish as it darted along the coastline for two hours.

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Terrified tourists watched on after their narrow escape as the creature cruised the waters.

Christine, of Great Dunmow, Essex said she saw the shark prowling the waters "all day" and recalled the beast coming "really close" to the sand.

The mammoth killer is believed to be a blue shark, which can grow up to 12ft long and has been connected with attacks on humans in the past.

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Deadly attacks on humans by the species have been recorded, but they are said to be rare.

Blue sharks can be seen in British waters during the summer months and tend to be spotted inshore where they come to find food or after losing their way.

Costa Dorada authorities last year spotted three blue sharks and a 6ft mako shark in a week.

A man swimming off the coast of Costa Blanca in 2016 was rushed to hospital after a blue shark ripped off a piece of his hand.

Paul Cox of the Shark Trust said the blue sharks are "generally quite placid" and are often found in British water during the summer.

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It comes just days after an endangered basking shark was spotted swimming in Scottish waters.

A 42-year-old man swimming off the coast saw a shark fin cresting the waves and watched it before grabbing his snorkel and camera and snapping a shot of the mighty beast.

Another man found himself surrounded by 50 sharks in British waters while training for a charity swim off the coast of Dorset, it was reported on Wednesday.

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