A HUGE shark has been spotted circling a popular tourist beach, sending panicked swimmers dashing out of the water.

The marine beast forced shocked beachgoers out of the water at Cala Mondragó in Majorca, Spain.

As the shark lurked in the shadows just a few feet from the shore its fins were visible cutting through the water's surface.

An on-duty lifeguard ordered everyone soaking up the sun to steer clear of the water.

Panic briefly ensued with the predator only a few yards away from the sand.

At one point the shark swam dangerously close to someone filming its movements.

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Witnesses claim they were joined at the shore by what looked like a blue shark measuring nearly 5ft long.

A strong swell around the Spanish Balearic Island likely caused the marine predator to be washed into the bay on the south coast of Majorca.

But after the initial panic from its appearance, the shark seemed pretty harmless as it drifted around in a lazy manner.

After a period of swimming in circles in a likely state of disorientation, it eventually returned to deeper waters without an incident.

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Last month a great white shark caused terror as it stalked paddle boarders close to the shoreline.

And the recent footage had come soon after a panicked paddleboarder filmed his terrifying experience at the mercy of a huge tiger shark as it hunted turtles below him.

A video showed Aussie Brodie Moss as he was thrown into the sea after the predator had chomped on his board by mistake.

Another rare shark was spotted swimming near a British port city left visitors stunned in awe.

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