A POPULAR tourist beach was closed after a shark was spotted prowling near to the shore.
Video taken by researchers shows the female blue shark lurking under water as by-standers watched from the shore near the deserted beach in Hyères, near Toulon.
Local police were brought into make sure that the public were kept behind a safety cordon.
Nicolas Ziani, founder of the Marseille Group for Shark Studies said there are usually “thousands of blue sharks offshore, especially in summer” but seeing one so close was unusual.
“In 17 years of experience, I have never seen this,” he told France3.
“For more than 24 hours that it has been there, we do not understand its behaviour.
“Its movements are repetitive, without purpose, like if he was disconnected from his brain system.”
Blue sharks can grow up to 12ft in length and have been known to attack humans.
The have been known to go for humans and for boats out in sea and are therefore classified as a “dangerous” species.
They generally prowl the waters of the Mediterranean, but they can also be found in British waters.
Experts speculated that the female may have been unwell and on Saturday morning sadly she was found dead.
“She probably died overnight, she was found on the rocks, it was quite predictable,” said Ziani.
“She was a little quieter last but he continued to rubbing against the rocks and going around in circles.”
The beach has now open to the public after being closed for several days.
It comes as video shows sharks circling just yards off the shore of Long Island as officials have ramped up patrols after a series of attacks.
Drone videographer Joanna Steidle, who captured the footage of the predators, said she’s never seen them so close to the beach.
Meanwhile beachgoers in Australia were warned to stay clear of a popular beach after fears a rotting whale carcass could attract hungry sharks.
Experts are worried the dead whale could spark a deadly shark infestation at Big Beach near Mallacoota in Victoria, Australia.
Authorities issued a “Dangerous Animal” warning as the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning Wildlife continue to monitor the whale.
“Due to a whale carcass there could be an increase in shark activity,” the Victorian Fisheries Authority told visitors.
Last month, beachgoers and surfers were warned huge sharks were stalking swimmers off a famous beach in Queensland as the annual migration kicked off.