Swimmer taken to hospital after being bitten by 4ft fish on Alicante beach
A swimmer on a vacation beach has been taken to hospital after being bitten by a fish accused of a number of previous attacks on tourists.
Panicked bathers left the water after the alarm went off, fearing it was a blue shark like the one seen on a nearby Benidorm beach earlier this month.
But the culprit has reportedly been a blue fish, which can weigh up to 30 pounds and grow to 4 feet long.
The unidentified middle-aged woman was bitten on her right foot while swimming on El Pinet beach, just south of Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Rescuers decided she should be seen by medics after providing first aid at the scene.
Local authorities have made no official comment after the incident on Monday afternoon
The red flag had been hoisted on the beach, although this was due to the state of the sea and not to the incident itself.
Blue fish are fast swimmers that prey on schools of forage fish, favoring anchovies, shrimp and squid.
Aggressive fish are known to inflict severe bites.
In August 2019, a Spanish woman was left with a partially severed tendon in her foot after being bitten by what was believed to be a blue fish on El Rebollo beach in the same region.
And El Pinet beach was at the center of another scare a month before when a mysterious fish bit two children aged seven and ten.