This is an historical find by the scientific Alnitak 2018 expedition, being the first proof of a live specimen in the Balearic Sea.
The scientific expedition Alnitak 2018, commanded by the biologist Ricardo Sagarminaga van Buiten, has announced via its Facebook page the sighting of a great white shark five meters long in waters around the National Park of Cabrera, which is located around 10 miles from the Southern coast of Majorca.
The encounter with the amazing 5m (~16ft) great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) occurred 8 miles from the island of Cabrera at 10 am June 28 2018, and has been photographically documented.
It’s an historical sighting, being the first time the presence of a live great white shark specimen has been proved to exist in the waters of the Balearic Sea, although in the past it has been a relatively frequent occurrence that these large sharks have been trapped in fishing nets around the Balearic Islands.
“In recent years, “ says Alnitak on his Facebook channel, “there were possible unconfirmed sightings and various rumors, but this is the first scientific observation of the presence of Carcharodon (genus of the Great White Shark) in Spanish waters for at least 30 years. The shark has been photographed, filmed and watched by a crew of 10 people from five countries”.
“The presence of large white sharks in Spanish waters was a constant rumor, backed by historical evidence confirmed by photographs and toponymy throughout the Balearic, Levantine and Catalan coasts.”
The scientific expedition of Sagarminaga and his team carries out several investigations, collecting data on sea turtles, sperm whales, dolphins, rays and red tuna, as well as the presence of microplastics in the sea.