Fish attacks near beach resorts in Spain leave tourists injured

Fish have started to attack people in the sea, with more than 15 swimmers being bitten by the obladas every day at beaches in Alicante and Benidorm, with tourists needing first aid treatment.

Tourists in Benidorm have been warned about “piranha-style” fish after a number of attacks in Alicante, SIA reports with reference to foreign media.

One of Benidorm’s most famous beaches, Poniente has become a hotspot for bites. On some days first aiders have seen more than 15 people seeking help, according to Spanish newspaper Información.

Obladas fish are reportedly attracted by warts, moles or small wounds on the skin, especially on older people. Their bite can draw blood and leave teeth marks on people’s legs, arms and backs.

Those that have been attacked say the fish are around 30cm long and easily identified by a black spot on their tail.

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