By Rita Sobot In Tenerife For Mail Online
Published: 17:46 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 17:52 BST, 1 April 2019
Tourists in the Canary Islands, more used to whale and dolphin spotting, were stunned when the bodies of three cows were seen floating in the sea, with one of them being washed up on a popular beach in Tenerife.
The dead animals have systematically appeared over the last seven days and posed a shocking sight in an archipelago known for its animal protection and environmental Beauty.
The first cow was washed up on the tourist beach of Playa de La Jaquita near the coastal resort of El Médano, favoured by all nationalities, including the Brits and frequented by scores of families who holiday in the south of the island.
Spanish media SER Canarias says the cows could have come from the Polaris 2, which flies a Panama flag and moves livestock from South America to Europe or North Africa
Two shocked swimmers found it on the seashore and jet ski riders helped to push it onto the sand.
Council workers had to tow the carcass away and it was taken to a landfill site.
A few days later, another body was washed up on the shore near the industrial area of Granadilla de Abona, and a third was seen floating in the middle of the sea between Tenerife and the picturesque island of La Gomera.
The first cow was washed up on the tourist beach of Playa de La Jaquita near the coastal resort of El Médano, favoured by all nationalities, including the Brits and