19/08/2015 12:10 BST | Updated 19/08/2015 12:59 BST

Benidorm Shark Attack Spins Media Into A Sensationalist Frenzy

It wouldn't be British summer without at least one shark attack story that's a little too close to home.

While the Cornish coastline is normally under attack from shark-infested headlines, this time the story has hotted up considerably, with a boy apparently being bitten in Benidorm.

Holidaymakers at the popular Spanish resort fled the beach after a young boy was attacked by a 'large fish', which left a bite mark on his waist.

The un-named child was treated at a first aid centre after the attack, and tourists were told to stop swimming at Poniente Beach on the Costa Blanca while a search was carried out.

Local officials believe that the culprit could be a barracuda, but the media has got its teeth stuck into the story...

The Sun suggested that the 10-year-old was 'mauled' by a '7ft beast'

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The boy was 'savaged', according to the Express

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The Mirror suggested that the boy was wearing goggles and went to touch the mystery fish...


Daily Star lead with a huge photo of a great white, dubbing the event a 'jaws attack'

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Then again, they had previously reported that there were killer predators on the prowl in the area

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And it's not just us that think the headlines might be a little sensationalist. People are taking to Twitter to share their disbelief...

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