The five-metre predator shark was seen and filmed a few kilometres south of the island of Majorca.
A great white shark has been spotted and filmed close to the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is the first time one has been seen in the area since 1976.
The five-metre predator was seen by employees of the Spanish marine conservation group Alnitak on Thursday as it swam across the Cabrera archipelago national park.
The surrounding waters of the archipelago are rich in biodiversity due to the lack of visitors in this remote area, with sperm whales, dolphins, fin whales and even humpback and orca seen on occasion.
The Cabrera national park lies just a few kilometres south of the popular holiday island of Majorca.
“Very big shark”
Bite marks found on dead whales and a number of unconfirmed sightings have fuelled rumours of great whites in Spanish waters in recent years. This time, however, scientists on a vessel were able to track the shark for over an hour, the newspaper The Guardian reports.
“We saw a black fin and straight away we could see it was a very big shark,” documentary filmmaker Fernando López-Mirones, who was on board at the time, told Spanish daily El País.
“The conditions in the sea were amazing and we had the specimen around three metres from the boat, and we could watch it up close for 70 minutes.”
According to a 2007 documentary film about great white sharks in the Balearics, almost 30 of them were caught by local fishermen between 1920 and 1976 – the last time being when fisherman Xisco Lopez caught a six-metre great white close to Majorca’s northern coast.