KILLER SHARKS ON THE COSTAS BUT TOURIST BOSSES KEEP IT QUIET
Three were found washed up on the shore of the popular resort last month.
The two sinister-looking threshers and a three metre bluntnose sixgill shark had been caught in fishing nets.
But locals think tourism bosses are trying to keep it quiet as thousands of holidaymakers are due to arrive for the holiday.
Last year saw a string of spinner shark sightings near Benidorm’s main beach.
A local said: “It’s not unusual for sharks to be spotted every now and then. But three in the space of a few days is a worry.
“Officials might say they’re not dangerous species but three-metre sharks swimming around a popular tourist beach isn’t exactly good news.
“It has definitely made people think twice about taking a dip.
“The whole thing seems to have been swept under the rug.”
Locals also claim resort bosses have tried to hush up the deployment of shark nets at the town’s beaches.
Another resident said: “Benidorm has offshore shark netting in place all along its four beach areas and beyond, although it chooses not to advertise this fact.
“There are 15 potentially dangerous sharks in the Mediterranean, out of approximately 46 different species.
“Obviously the tourist boards in the area prefer it to be kept quiet. Knowing there are likely to be sharks where you are bathing with your family in the Mediterranean is not conducive to encouraging tourism.”
Last year an 11-year-old boy needed 30 stitches after he was attacked by a blue shark further up the Costa Blanca coast in Salou.
Thresher sharks have been responsible for dozens of attacks on boats and there has been a reported attack on a human in the past.
Spinner sharks and blue sharks have carried out a handful of attacks on people.
Last summer, the authorities in France and Spain issued an alert after a surge in the number of blue sharks spotted.