La Linea shark sighting forces closure of two popular beaches

The town placed red flags on the popular beaches on Thursday

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SHARK: Not aggressive
ANGULAR ROUGHSHARK: Not aggressive

A POSSIBLE shark sighting led to the closure of La Linea’s Levante and Santa Bárbara beaches.

The town placed red flags on the popular beaches on Thursday after a local swimmer reported seeing a shark measuring around two metres in length near the coast.

The person claimed that officials onboard a customs boat confirmed his story shortly afterwards.  

Juan Macias of La Linea city council, said the decision to close the beaches was a ‘precaution’, given that the description provided matched that of an angular roughshark, one that is ‘neither aggressive nor dangerous.’

The species is found in the eastern Atlantic from Norway to South Africa, and the Mediterranean.

This is the third shark sighting on nearby beaches in the last three months.

The first two cases were reported on Getares beach.

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