Biologists capture 'beach' shark

Biologists caught a seven-foot shark that had become a tourist attraction by making daily incursions into knee-high water on a Spanish beach, wrestling it with their bare hands and dragging it ashore.

Biologists capture 'beach' shark
The 110 pound sandbar shark - not generally associated with attacks on humans - first showed up early last week at Miracle beach in north-east Tarragona province, forcing authorities to close the water to bathers.

The fish turned into a novelty by swimming regularly into plain view in very shallow water. Bathers gathered daily to snap photos.

Police fined several people who ventured into the water to splash around with it.

A team of three biologists from the Barcelona Aquarium waded in and after two failed attempts before a crowd of hundreds, finally managed to capture the flailing shark with their hands.

They quickly stuck its snout into a net to keep it from biting.

Two of the rescuers were slightly injured with cuts and scratches from the shark's fins.

The team put the fish into a tank and transported it for a police-escorted ride to the aquarium and a check-up.

Press Association
Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2007, 23:33
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