Malaga swimmer comes within inches of huge basking shark off Spain's coast

A ballsy swimmer was seen floating within inches of a huge basking shark, seeming unfazed as it glided past him in the water.

The swimmer was out for a dip of the coast of Malaga on Friday when the animal came towards him in the water with its tell-tale fin showing.

A spectacular video of the moment shows the swimmer dipping his head under water to take a closer look at the basking shark.

A swimmer was out for a dip of the coast of Malaga on Friday when a basking shark came towards him

The swimmer seemed unfazed by the giant shark, instead coming within inches of it to take a closer look

A swimmer was out for a dip of the coast of Malaga on Friday when a basking shark came towards him in the water with its tell-tale fin showing

But the shark does not seem bothered by the man and glides around him, as the swimmer moves to keep up with the plankton-eating animal.

The man looks back in amazement at the person filming as the shark stays close to the surface of the water, keeping its fin showing. 

Experts have estimated the the shark was around 20ft. 

The footage of it swimming in Malaga bay was taken from a boat the swimmer is thought to have jumped from so he could get up close to the animal. 

This sighting is the third in less than of a month of a plankton-eating basking shark in Spain's southern waters.  

Its presence in the area has been linked to a large amount of plankton.  

This sighting is the third in less than of a month of a plankton-eating basking shark in Spain's southern waters

This sighting is the third in less than of a month of a plankton-eating basking shark in Spain's southern waters

There was also a sighting of a blue shark on Sunday, when a member of Spain's Paralympic swimming team was filmed out-sprinting two sharks after a terrifying encounter off Sant Pol beach on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona.

Ariel Schrenck went up a gear after hearing his mum shouting from the shoreline when she spotted two tell-tale fins and saw the animals heading in his direction.

Ariel, part of the Spanish team that took part in last year's World Para Swimming Allianz Championships in London, was training at the time.

The sharks the 19-year-old out-swam are thought to be tintoreras or blue sharks, which have been blamed in the past for attacks on holidaymakers, including one in Elche near Alicante in July 2016.

The 40-year-old victim in the 2016 incident was rushed to hospital and given stitches to a wound in his hand.  

Ariel Schrenck went up a gear after hearing his mum shouting from the shoreline when she spotted two tell-tale fins and saw the animals heading in his direction

Ariel Schrenck went up a gear after hearing his mum shouting from the shoreline when she spotted two tell-tale fins and saw the animals heading in his direction

The latest sighting comes after another massive 26ft basking shark was spotted further east of La Mamola Beach last Saturday. 

The plankton-eating animals are described as non-aggressive harmless to humans, but police warned kayakers and other sports enthusiasts not

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