Majorca holiday beach closed as 10ft shark sends tourists running from the sea screaming before cops drag the beast away 'for its own safety'

Police closed the tourist spot early this afternoon while bathers, including groups of young children, watched on in terror.

The 10-foot shark, thought to be a tintorera or blue shark, made its unexpected appearance at Cala Domingos, a beach in Calas de Majorca which gets very crowded in August on the island’s east coast.

Footage showed the animal moving through the clear blue water off the beach before coming in closer and forcing tourists out of the water.

English and French speakers could be heard shouting from rocks overlooking the sea where they took refuge – and children started screaming as the fish came closer to where they were standing.

Police were later filmed recovering it from the water and dragging it along the sand as stunned youngsters looked on. At least six burly men could be seen hauling it away from the water.

A local lifeguard organisation initially tweeted: “Police together with lifeguards and staff from Palma Aquarium have removed the animal. We fear for its life."

But it later confirmed reports the shark was okay and had been taken back out to sea, saying: “Emergency services have just informed us that the tintorera shark has been rescued alive.”

Workers at a nearby beach club said the incident had caused obvious scenes of panic.

Blue sharks are among the most common in Spain.

They have been blamed for a number of recent beach closures which have affected holidaymakers in Spain.

In June one was spotted off the popular beach of Arenal d’en Castell in Menorca.

Swimmers were banned from entering the water for the entire afternoon.

One tourist could be heard saying in English as the shark appeared in the surf: “It’s coming. Oh my God, I think it’s dead.”

A woman, believed to be a relative, replied “No, it’s not dead” as other tourists were overheard screaming in the background before she added: “Every time we go to the beach something happens.”

Red flags were hoisted along several miles of coastline in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol after one was potted in May.

And last June bathers fled the sea in Cala Major near the Majorcan capital Palma.

Extraordinary pictures showed terrified holidaymakers running out of the water as a blue shark described at the time as eight foot long headed towards families with children on lilos.

The same type of shark was blamed for an attack on a holidaymaker in Elche near Alicante in July 2016.

The 40-year-old victim was rushed to hospital and given stitches to a wound in his hand.

First aiders described the bite as “large” and said he had come out of the sea with blood streaming from the injury.

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