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White shark causes panic on Croatian coast

Rovinj, Croatia, Mar 15, 2000 -- (Reuters) The sighting of a white shark up to six meters long has spread panic in the Adriatic resort of Rovinj, northern Croatia, with police and fishermen trying in vain to catch it, local press reported Tuesday.

The shark was first spotted last Wednesday by swimmers who raised the alarm.

Police and the town's fishermen tried to catch it using raw meat as bait, but the shark escaped, the daily Jutarnji List reported.

Just when local people thought it was safe to go back in the water, the shark reappeared Monday near the tiny island of Alpez, off Rovinj, one of Croatia's main tourist resorts.

Police have now issued emergency orders for the shark to be caught.

Sharks are rarely sighted in Croatian waters, but several were spotted a few years ago near the northern industrial port of Rijeka.



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