Frightened children were chased out of the water by a giant fish at a popular UK holiday hotspot with the cry of ‘shark’.
The children ran for their lives when they spotted a dorsal fin emerging from the shallow waters of Malta.
The shocking incident took place on Wednesday June 21 at Melliena Beach, a popular tourist hotspot in Ghadira Bay.
Footage of the chaotic scenes shows the youths flee screaming from the beast as it lashes out with its mighty tail – but all was not as it seemed.
Four children were seen shouting, “Oh my God, run! Shark!” as the creature quickly swam towards them.
The water bubbled and splashed due to the animal’s sharp movements while the children frantically ran back to the beach.
A lifeguard whistled and called for the tourists to get out of the water.
But the truth soon emerged, as locals quickly realized what the kids thought was a shark was actually just a giant tuna.
A guy was heard shouting “tuna, tuna” to the terrified kids, reassuring them they wouldn’t become shark food.
Footage ended with the tuna beginning to swim away after almost getting stuck in the shallows.
Unfortunately the fish didn’t make it very far as it got stuck on a flat rocky part of the nearby shore.
The bluefin tuna was later found to have died after getting stuck on the sharp rocks and fatally injuring itself.
Beachgoers tried to pull the tuna away from the deadly rocks, but it was too late as the fish had already died.
Additional footage from the crime scene shows the bluefin tuna still lying in the water after violently thrashing about a moment earlier.
As tourists dragged the body ashore, it could be seen that it was covered in bloody cuts and stab wounds.
It is currently unclear where the large tuna came from. Local media speculate that he may have escaped from a nearby fish farm.
The bluefin tuna is the largest species of tuna in the world, measuring between six and ten feet.
They can also weigh up to 600 kilograms and live an average of 35 years.
Bluefin tuna are predators that seek out schools of fish such as herring, mackerel and eels.
This comes after the world’s fastest shark was spotted off the coast of Zante chasing a fishing boat.
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