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SHARK expert and follower Lexine Heaney, from Atlanta, Georgia, has made the claim that shark attacks will take place on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.

Whilst expats scoff and laugh when shark sightings are made on the coasts in Spain, the expert contacted the Euro Weekly News with her claims and wishing to highlight the use of shark nets on the Costa’s beaches.

“All Spanish beaches need to prepare for shark attacks – one will happen at least in the next 12 months,” she claimed.

“Rising water temperatures are seeing sharks move further afield in the waters and the Mediterranean will become a hotbed – Spain’s beaches need the protective shark nets for the public.

“You may think I’m a crank, but I can assure you that I am not, I predicted a shark attack happening in the waters of NYC three years ago and three weeks ago it happened in Maine, the first shark attack in 200 years and the 68-year-old woman was bitten to death by a white shark.

“Look, there are white sharks already in the Strait of Gibraltar, these will migrate further up the coastline and others will join them – be warned – get the nets up and I assure you that you will be reporting I was correct in the next 12 months,” as she put the phone down.

Not knowing to laugh or cry after the call, we looked into a little research on the possibility and also gathered expat residents’ thoughts today.

The last actual shark attack was in 2016 on the Costa Blanca when a white shark bit the hand off a bather in the sea. Although local residents had a mixed bag of opinion.

Mick Dunnagan shrugging his shoulders in La Cala said: “You never know I guess, I read about that attack in New York, they did say it was down to warmer waters and the shark had last been recorded in the Florida region – that’s a long way from NY! Personally as a sea swimmer I would like to see nets, just to be on the safe side, they can’t cost much to install I wouldn’t think?

“Will an attack happen? Well there has been far more sightings this year and beaches closed off, I guess it only takes an angry or hungry one.”

“Don’t be silly,” laughed Tony Walters in Fuengirola – “There’s only one word she got correct in what you have told me and that’s CRANK” – “She got lucky with her prediction in the US that’s all, it’s safe as houses in the waters here, as you know I go out every day, I often see dolphins, mind I’ve got more chance of being bumped on the head by a flipper,” he roared.

This article was first published by Euro Weekly News on 3 August 2020.

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