Holiday sunseekers fled from a huge shark swimming in the shallow water caught on camera.
The scene captured in the port city of Eilat in Israel on Saturday sparked memories of the famous blockbuster “Jaws” when onlookers called on the swimmers to get out of the water.
Video shared on Twitter shows a man making his way to the shore while other concerned sunseekers screamed and shouted.
One man yells: “It’s going for that woman! She doesn’t notice it, my God!”
Other swimmers are seen making their way to a floating platform while the woman frantically swims to shore as the large shark approaches closer to her.
At one point, the large fin emerged from the water just metres from the shore.
It turned out the sea creature was a harmless whale shark, which moves slowly and feeds mainly on plankton.
Considered as the largest known extant fish, the whale shark can grow up to 40ft in length and are docile creatures which pose no danger to humans.
Though whale sharks are found in warm waters around the world, they rarely come so close to the shoreline.
Despite their lack of threat to humans, an Israeli shark expert advised swimmers to stay well clear of them.
Adi Barash, head of the Sharks in Israel conservation group, said: “The [feeding] season is at its height and they’re getting close to concentrations of plankton.”
Meanwhile, a tourist captured the moment a great white shark sunk its teeth on a porpoise at a beach in Massachusetts, the US.
The grim attack turned the sea red as the animal’s blood seeped into the water.