Saturday, January 22

White sharks in Spain | That 6 meter long “sea monster” captured in Tabarca

One of the latest editions of the “Horizon” program that leads Iker Jimenez in Cuatro, the one issued on November 18, addressed the presence of white sharks on the Spanish coasts, after two large specimens were seen last October in Asturias and Galicia.

One of the guests to the space, the naturalist Álex N. Lachhein spoke of these sightings in Ribadesella and A Coruna, but also highlighted one in Cabrera and, above all, those of Tabarca.

In the case of the Alicante island, the last specimen detected was on Wednesday morning Jul 25, 2018 by a pleasure boat. One of its crew members had the courage to go into the water with an underwater camera and record the school, which was in very bad condition. The authorities, after receiving the notice, could not locate him.

That same summer it was also seen one of five meters, for the first time, in Balearic waters, on the island of Cabrera.

Five years earlier, a white shark weighing almost a ton in weight and five meters in length was caught in the Dénia coast.

On 2008 These recorded images circulated during a regatta passing through the waters near Tabarca and were also shown in the Cuatro program, where the aforementioned specialist 100% assures that it is a white shark.

In “Horizonte” they looked back even further to comment on the discovery in Tabarca in August 1946 of an impressive 6-meter-long white shark, an event that was reflected on the cover of INFORMATION on August 11 of that year with the headline “Sea monster captured in Tabarca” and with this spectacular photo of Francisco Sanchez:

The white shark captured in 1946 in Tabarca

The full text of the news was the following:

“In the trap of the Tabarca island, from “Lloret Llinares y Compañía”, a sea monster was captured yesterday morning, of the species called “llamia” among fishermen from Tabarça. The splendid specimen entered the trap at eight in the morning, in pursuit of a band of tuna. He was killed after putting it almost dry, and the pontoon that the Port Board has highlighted on that island for the refuge works that are carried out there raised the formidable “fishing” to the auxiliary motorboat of the trap, which led it to our port at noon.

About forty men they intervened in the landing operations of the huge fish. Its weight threw the extraordinary figure of 1.790 kilos, and its dimensions were six meters long by two and a half in diameter in the widest part. After being admired by many curious onlookers as soon as the news circulated in the port, and as said fish is edible it was dismembered, acquiring it in full Vicente Enrique, who paid for it 1.200 pesetas.

The extraordinary animal was found in the belly a tuna weighing 40 kilos. This tuna had two bites, one on the tail and the other on the head, having been swallowed whole by the “llama”. Its capture was very difficult within the trap, when the animal had already damaged large pieces in the net. As a curious detail we will mention that the liver, weighed aside, hit the scale 300 kilos and that, had there been an appropriate system of industrial pressing installation, as in specialized factories, said liver would have provided around 100 liters of oil. A full barrel … Old fishermen from the port told us that since Twenty years ago an accidental capture of such size has not been seen in Alicante“.

“Llamia” is the name that in the Valencian marine slang It was given to the great white shark, also called the white shark.

INFORMATION cover where the white shark was reported

The news about the white shark in Tabarca captured in 1946

The expert invited to the Iker Jiménez program also made reference to number 60 of the magazine Chandelier, a monograph dedicated to the island of Tabarca, where Armando Parodi collected the catches of large fish made throughout history in the waters of Tabarca and those reported by newspapers of the time, such as that of a shark that attacked a fishing boat in January 1865; that of a “monstrous fish” in March 1879; that of a “gigantic fish” in November 1887, which was exhibited in the Diana Baths on Postiguet beach; and the one already cited before the “sea monster” in august 1946.

It was not at all unusual, until the first half of the last century, to find white sharks on the coasts of Tabarca, while in its waters there were monk seals, one of the “snacks” preferred by this species.

As monk seals are considered a “competition” by fishermen, these they exterminated them and, with this, the visits of the white sharks went from being assiduous to exceptional.

The last pair of monk seals from Tabarca was captured in 1938, thus completely changing the ecosystem of the area.

Many experts argue that the climate change It is altering the habits of numerous species and that is why for some time now sightings of different types of sharks in the Mediterranean have become more and more common.

However, beyond the scares and expectation that these animals provoke, the cases of shark attacks on bathers in our province have been very isolated, highlighting the bite of a blue shark that a man suffered in the hand on the beach of Arenales del Sol. He required several stitches.

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