An 8 metre shark has been spotted just 400 metres from the Costa del Sol coastline, the second case in two weeks.
The Servicio Marítimo de la Guardia Civil (Maritime Unit), said they saw the creature near Polopos, Granada and immediately closed off the coastline to the public.
On the 3rd of May, more sharks were spotted near the coast of Calahonda swimming within touching distance of the pier there.
Underwater divers, from La Espera Underwater Club, were called in to help and managed to film the beast as it made it’s away along the coastline.
He eventually disappeared into the ocean.
The creature has been confirmed by marine biology experts as Basking Sharks,
According to the Shark Trust, a shark survival group, Basking Sharks are so named because they’re often seen feeding at the surface of the water, where they look like they’re basking in the sun!
These ocean giants are one of 3 filter-feeding sharks. But they’re the only shark that feeds entirely passively. They swim through the water with their mouth wide open rather than actively sucking water in. Only closing their mouths to swallow their food. Long comb-like structures on their gills (known as gill-rakers) trap and filter zooplankton. These can strain up to 2000 tonnes of water per hour!
Basking Sharks can be seen on their own, in small groups, or in schools of hundreds. There are many reports of groups made up of the same size and sex, suggesting a strong sexual and age segregation within the species.
Despite their size, they’re capable of leaping clear out of the water, a behaviour known as breaching. They breach often when in large groups and during courtship, so this may act as a social or sexual function. It could also help to dislodge external parasites.
It’s thought that Basking Sharks live for at least 50 years. Males reach maturity at 12–16 years. Females at 20 years.
Their diet mainly consists of zooplankton which are tiny microscopic plants and animals that get carried on the ocean currents. These include small copepods, barnacles, decapod larvae, fish eggs and shrimp.