A great white shark has been spotted stalking a boast off the coast of Majorca where thousands of Brits holiday every year.

The 16.5ft beast was filmed by scientists at around 10am on Thursday morning.

Scientific expedition Alnitak posted the clip on their Facebook page and said they had seen a "five-metre long shark in waters close to the Cabrera National Park in the Balearic Islands.

In recent years there were possible unconfirmed sightings and various rumours, but this is the first scientific observation of the presence of the white shark in Spanish waters for at least 30 years."

Alnitak are a research, conservation and education project which specialises in the development of marine protected areas.

The great white shark was seen last Thursday by a conservation team
The great white shark was seen last Thursday by a conservation team

The group said they saw the shark eight miles from the island of Cabrera and stayed with it for 70 minutes.

They also said that there had been rumours for years that great whites had been seen in Spanish waters but this was the first confirmed sighting.

A picture show the beast swimming alongside the boat the clear blue waters.

Fellow shark lovers were excited by their experience with one writing: "What a magnificent creature!"

Ruben Castillo added: “Very good piece of news.”

Shark fans were loving the clip
Shark fans were loving the clip

Others questioned whether it was a great white with some saying it looked like a shortfin mako shark.

There are believed to be 47 species of shark in the Meditteranean.

The most common shark around Spain is the Blue shark.

They have been blamed for a number of recent beach closures which have affected holidaymakers.

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Earlier this month one was spotted off the popular beach of Arenal d’en Castell in Menorca.

Cabrera was used to house French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars and remained a military zone until the 1980s.

It is the largest island of the small archipelago south of Majorca which includes 10 other islets.