Wednesday 10 August 2022 09:13 PM VIDEO: Boar emerges from the sea at Costa del Sol beach trends now
This is the surreal moment a wild boar emerges from the Med and runs up a Costa beach in front of astonished tourists.
The powerful animal, thought to be around three years old, made its dash along the sand late this morning at family-friendly Benajarafe Beach on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol a half-hour drive from Malaga.
Terrified tourists and locals could be heard screaming as the 10-stone beast swam towards the shoreline, with one overheard yelling in Spanish: 'Watch out, it's coming out of the water.'
This is the moment an angry wild boar emerged from the sea and ran up a Costa del Sol beach having been forced down from the mountains because of drought
The animal was filmed at Benajarafe Beach on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol a half-hour drive from Malaga
Beachgoers have been warned against approaching the boar which could cause serious injuries
It narrowly missed an elderly couple in their swimwear and a topless younger woman in a bikini bottom behind them as it charged up the beach before disappearing into reeds behind the sand.
Animal experts and police hunting for the runaway wild boar are now warning people who encounter it to 'stay still and not harass it' for their own safety, as locals affectionately start to christen it 'The wild boar shark'.
One witness joked this afternoon alongside footage of the dramatic moment: 'A wild boar in Benajarafe appearing like a mermaid from the seabed.'
Jose Antonio Villodres, who runs a company which is leading the search for the animal, told a local paper: 'We haven't tracked it down yet but we've identified the path it's taking.'
Warning sunbathers not to approach it if it returned to the beach, he added: 'It has very sharp fangs and although it doesn't attack it could do you a lot of damage just by grazing you.
'People who encounter it should stay still and not worry it.' He also said it was likely it could return to the beach after being spotted in the area over the past 48 hours, blaming the drought currently affecting southern Spain for its decision to leave its natural habitat further inland and try to cool off in the proximity of the sea.
Tranquilizer darts will be used to put the animal to sleep if it is spotted again so it can be safely taken inland to the mountains and away from the hordes of holidaymakers along the coastline.
Fortunately no-one was injured in the latest drama, which occurred just over two