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Frightened British holidaymakers ran out of the sea after a shark was spotted swimming off a Spanish beach packed with sunbathers.

The 8ft fish came within yards of tourists as they splashed about in the sea in Benidorm.

Julie Roberts was among the holidaymakers who fled after spotting the shark’s fin sticking out of the water at Levante beach.

The 56-year-old Brit told how oblivious swimmers and snorkellers stayed in the sea as the shark swam dangerously close to them and lifeguards urged people to get out.

She was stunned to see a shark in shallow water which is usually safe for children.

Beachgoers leave the water as the shark swims nearby
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A British tourist says the shark was about 8ft long
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Julie, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, told the Sun: “I was out swimming doing my thing on my own and then when I came back in there were lifeguards blowing their whistles and there was an atmosphere.

“We looked over and could see two fins coming towards the shoreline.

“There was a snorkeller just feet away from this animal and he didn’t realise. It was terrifying.

Some swimmers and snorkellers had no idea the shark was there
(Image: @shanksy03/Twitter)
A Brit says she didn’t expect to see a shark in such shallow water
(Image: @shanksy03/Twitter)

“There was another lady swimming on her own the other side and she was totally oblivious to what was going on.”

Julie, who was on holiday with three friends, said Costa Blanca beachgoers yelled at the woman and she quickly got out of the water once she realised that there was a shark nearby.

She added: “We didn’t expect to see that in such shallow water.”

It was unknown what kind of shark it was, but dozens of species are common in the Mediterranean.

Millions of Brit tourists visit Spanish hotspots such as Benidorm every year
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Julie said the shark appeared to beach itself and appeared to be distressed, with its tail “flapping around”.

The fish managed to get itself back out to sea and disappeared in the water.

Julie estimated that the shark was 8ft long and the beach was packed with hundreds of people.

Last month, an 11-year-old girl was reportedly mauled by a shark off Grao de Moncofa, close to the tourist resort of Benicassim, Spain.

The young girl apparently was bitten on the foot while swimming in the sea.

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