A spherical swimmer hovered just a few inches from a giant basking shark and seemed unimpressed as he glided past him in the water.
The swimmer was on a jump to the coast of Malaga on Friday when the animal came towards him with its telltale fin in the water.
A spectacular video of the moment shows the swimmer dipping his head underwater to take a closer look at the basking shark.
A swimmer was jumping on the coast of Malaga on Friday when a basking shark with its telltale fin came up to him in the water
But the shark doesn't seem to bother the man and glides around him as the swimmer moves to keep up with the plankton-eating animal.
The man looks back in astonishment at the person filming while the shark stays close to the water surface and keeps its fin visible.
Experts have estimated that the shark was about 20 feet.
The shots of how he swims in the Bay of Malaga are from a boat that the swimmer may have jumped off so he could approach the animal.
This sighting is the third in less than a month of a plankton-eating giant shark in the southern waters of Spain.
Its presence in the region has been associated with a large amount of plankton.
This sighting is the third in less than a month of a plankton-eating giant shark in the southern waters of Spain
A blue shark was also spotted on Sunday when A member of the Spanish Paralympic swimming team was filmed after a terrible encounter in front of Sant Pol beach on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona while sprinting two sharks.
Ariel Schrenck went up a aisle after hearing his mother scream from the coast when she spotted two telltale fins and saw the animals walking in his direction.
Ariel, part of the Spanish team that participated in the Para Swimming Alliance World Championships in London last year, was training at that time.
The sharks that the 19-year-old out-swam swam are believed to be tintoreras or blue sharks that have been blamed for attacks on vacationers in the past, including one in Elche near Alicante in July 2016.
The 40-year-old victim of the 2016 incident was hospitalized and wounded in the hand.
Ariel Schrenck went up a aisle after hearing his mother scream from the coast when she spotted two telltale fins and saw the animals walking in his direction
The last sighting occurred after another massive 26-foot basking shark was sighted further east of La Mamola Beach last Saturday.
The plankton-eating animals are described as non-aggressive and harmless to humans, but the police warned kayakers and other sports enthusiasts not to approach the basking shark.
Civil Guard officials released pictures of the giant 26-foot shark creature near their boat after warning kayakers and other water sports enthusiasts to stay away.
Social media users speculated that the creature was a basking shark, the second largest living shark after the whale shark.
The police later confirmed that it was a basking shark and said it was more than two meters long – about as large as possible.
The drama occurred on Sant Pol beach on the Costa Brava, a short drive from the famous resort of Lloret de Mar. In the picture, two fins follow Mr. Schrenck
A civil guard spokesman said on Sunday that the shark was sighted less than a quarter of a mile from the beach in La Mamola, a traditional fishing village of just under 2,000 people that belongs to the municipality of Polopos and is located in the easternmost part of the Costa Tropical.
It has grown as a tourist and vacation attraction in recent years.
The police said in a statement, "Officials from the Civil Guard Maritime Service have recommended sports enthusiasts not to approach the shark with their kayaks.
“The shark was sighted just 400 meters in front of La Mamola beach on Saturday morning.
& # 39; It was a basking shark that was more than 26 feet long.
An almost 30 foot long basking shark has been spotted off the coast of La Mamola in southern Spain, the largest size the creatures normally reach
Basking shark is not known to attack people, but when it was discovered, nearby people were warned not to approach.
“It is the second shark sighting in the past few weeks. On May 3, a smaller one was seen on the beach in Calahonda. & # 39;
A smaller basking shark was filmed on May 3rd. described as about 13 feet long, swimming near the Calahonda, just a 20-minute drive east of La Mamola.
The shark that was sighted just under a fortnight ago was described by witnesses at the time as about 13 feet long, although police said it was about three meters long on Sunday.
At the time, due to the Spanish Coronavirus crisis and the mass exodus of holidaymakers living in the country, there were no tourists in the water in March.
La Mamola is a fishing village that has grown as a tourist attraction in recent years. It has almost 2,000 inhabitants and belongs to the municipality of Polopos
It was in the yellow buoys that were marked to mark the area where pleasure boats have to stay outside to make it safe for swimmers.
In August 2018, tourists fled in panic after a shark emerged from a crowded Mallorcan beach.
Bathers, including groups of small children with pedalos, watched the fish swim around in the water just a few meters away.
The 10-foot shark, also known as the Tintorera, appeared unexpectedly in Cala Domingos, a sandy beach that was very crowded in Calas de Mallorca on the east coast of the island in August.