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Shark alert on the Cote d'Azur

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Shark alert on the Cote d'Azur


On Monday the red flag was raised on the Cote d’Azur. At Cannes, the glamorous resort that hosts the world famous film festival there was panic on the beach. It seemed one of the stars of a box office success from the 80’s had dropped by – Jaws.

“We thought we saw a fin so we took the boat to go check it out and close up we could really see a fin,” explained Adrien Poullot one of several firefighters who went to investigate.

No one was taking any chances. Three beaches were closed to swimmers. Could the mysterious fin really spell danger?

“There are 25 known species of sharks in the Mediterranean. The smallest of which is the dogfish shark that measures 60 to 80 cm and the biggest is the pilgrim shark that can reach 14 meters. Generally, they rarely approach the coast because they live in the deep,” explained veterinarian Véronique Vinet.

The beaches were re-opened 24 hours after a shark had once again made the headlines in Cannes.

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