STARTLED swimmers rushed to flee the water after spotting a pair of ferocious sharks prowling just feet away at a Spanish beach.
Two fearsome fins were seen rising above the waves off the coast of Portbou in the Catalonia region on Sunday afternoon.
Dramatic footage shows how the blue sharks swam stomach-churningly close to people in the water yesterday.
The creatures’ surprise visit caused chaos as stunned swimmers raced to escape the danger.
Although some made it to shore, others were forced to take refuge on a crowded floating platform in the sea.
They then had to be ferried back to dry land by kayakers.
The sharks were seen menacingly patrolling the coastline, while those on the safety of the sand recorded the hair-raising moment.
Despite the initial alarm, no injuries or incidents related to the sighting were reported.
After the footage of the close encounter began to circulate online, Portbou mayor Gael Rodrigues reassured locals the “beach is completely safe.”
He added that blue sharks are often spotted off beaches in the municipality because they are native to the area.
The incident is not the first shark sighting off the Catalan coast this year.
On June 23, bathing was prohibited off three beaches in Alcanar due to the presence of two blue sharks.
The blue shark (Prionace glauca) can grow up to 13 feet long and can weigh up to 450 lb.
The species is listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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