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Spanish Beaches Shut After Sharks Spotted
A shark scare has led to the closure of six beaches near the Spanish city of Barcelona, with people banned from swimming.
Three small blue sharks, which were each between one and 1.5 metres long, were spotted by lifeguards close to shore, sparking the safety move by two local town halls.
The beaches in the resorts of Premia del Mar and El Masnou were shut on Tuesday and red warning flags were put up.
Hasina Ahmad from the Red Cross said: "Three sharks ... were spotted near the area where people swim, up to two metres from the shore - very close. They could be seen from the beach."
A surveillance boat then looked for the fish but could not find them.
By Wednesday morning, the beaches were re-opened and green flags were flying again, indicating it was safe to bathe in the sea, the Red Cross said.
A spokeswoman said two of the charity's patrol boats would continue to keep an eye out for the sharks.
According to the Florida Natural History Museum, the blue shark is a dangerous species which is known to have attacked other sharks and boats.