Brits horrified as ’10ft SHARK’ drives tourists out of water on Greek island – NBCNEWS

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UK tourists were left shocked after what appeared to be a 10-foot-long shark chased holidaymakers out of the water on a popular Greek island.

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The horrifying footage shows the beast dramatically orbiting the water with its fin outstretched on Kamari Beach, Kos.

Holidaymakers frantically ran to shore after spotting the 10ft beast

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Holidaymakers frantically ran to shore after spotting the 10ft beast
An eyewitness said the beast was only 50 feet away from sunbathers

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An eyewitness said the beast was only 50 feet away from sunbathers

Eyewitness Jackie Jones, 60, said the apparent predator “swam up and down” just 15 meters from shore, causing panicked swimmers to jump out of the water.

Jackie told the Sun Online exclusively: “I just got out of the water and I’m glad I did – I didn’t want to be the next meal.

“My husband saw something in the water and thought it was someone snorkeling.

“But we got up and we could see it was clearly a fin.

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“I wouldn’t go in the water after that! It was very worrying because there were clearly people in the water.”

“It was obviously eating because it was on the surface and you could see its fin and tail spinning.

“I had a terrible vision that at any moment someone would disappear into the water like a real Jaws.”

The grandmother of two from Cannock, Staffordshire, traveled to the island with her husband Nev to celebrate his 60th birthday.

The couple was enjoying a relaxing day at the beach when they spotted an alarming shadow in the water.

She added: “We could see it swimming up and down as it made a figure eight coming back on itself and flicking its tail across the water – we could see how big it was.

“My husband has been snorkeling and you can see the fish and jellyfish, but this was something else.

“I’m not happy to go into the water with something so big.”

The couple was in shock when they saw the animal's fin

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The couple was in shock when they saw the animal’s fin
Nev just came out of the water on Kamari Beach in Kos

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Nev just came out of the water on Kamari Beach in Kos

Although seeing the beast reminded Jackie of the recent shark attacks in Egypt, she said the couple are determined to return to their favorite island.

Secretary Jackie said: “We have been coming to Kos for 20 years and we have never seen anything like it.

“The next day we went back to the beach – we just kept an easy distance to get out quickly.

“I was constantly checking and seeing if it was in the bay, but it wasn’t.

“We will definitely go back to the island. It didn’t stop us from going at all.”

While it remains unclear what exactly the animal was, witnesses were adamant that it was a shark.

The possible shark sighting comes as British holidaymakers have been warned after an increase in shark attacks in the Mediterranean.

The return of tourists after two years of Covid pandemic and overfishing could lead to sharks invading waters at various holiday hotspots closer to humans.

Most recently, a popular beach in France was forced to close after a six-foot beast was spotted prowling near sunbathers.

To date, 51 species of sharks have been recorded in the Mediterranean, including the deadly great white shark.

Most scientists believe that human-shark encounters in the Mediterranean will become more frequent as the deeper waters in which they live become increasingly overfished.

Certain parts of the Mediterranean have long been known to be home to sharks.

Sharks have been found in the Mediterranean, from Spain to Egypt, with dozens of attacks recorded over the past 20 years.

Since 2000, Egypt has seen the most attacks of any country in the region, with 20 recorded attacks, four of which were fatal.

Spain has seen the second highest number of shark attacks, with 12 in the same period, although all victims survived.

Outside of Egypt, three deadly shark attacks have been recorded in the Mediterranean since the turn of the millennium – two in Italy and one in Cyprus.

Speaking to The Sun Online, shark expert Alessandro De Maddalena said: “The increase in sightings is due to three factors: the increase in the human population, the fact that anyone can now photograph or film anything they see thanks to the spread of smartphones and other devices, and the advent of social media that allows such images to reach a global audience.”

Expert Yannis Papastamatiou, an associate professor at Florida International University, told The Sun Online: “The chances of being bitten by a shark are extremely low, especially in the Mediterranean, as shark populations are small.

“Of course the chance is never zero! It’s not a good idea to bleed into the water, but having bleeding fish — and especially struggling injured fish — will be more of a lure, like spearfishing.

“Other things you can do is avoid the water after heavy storms, don’t swim at dawn or dusk, and don’t swim near estuaries.

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“Be attentive. Most of the waters on the popular beaches are very clear, so if there is an approaching shark, someone will see it.

“When you swim, swim with at least one other person — that’s a good idea for general safety.”

Shark attacks in the Mediterranean have increased this summer (file image)

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Shark attacks in the Mediterranean have increased this summer (file image)Credit: Alamy

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