Watch swimmers of the moment turn on the ‘shark’ and hit it with a mop to chase it off the tourist beach in Turkey

This is the dramatic moment a swimmer hit a ‘shark’ with a mop to chase it off a beach in Turkey.

The creature was filmed swimming towards a beach full of children in the popular tourist destination of Marmaris.

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A fin can be seen sticking out of the water as a man gets ready with his mopCredit: Twitter
The swimmer hits the garfish several times on the head before it moves away

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The swimmer hits the garfish several times on the head before it moves awayCredit: Twitter
The 'shark' circling terrified locals and tourists standing in shallow water

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The ‘shark’ circling terrified locals and tourists standing in shallow waterCredit: Twitter

Swimmers feared it was a shark, as a dark fin can be seen sticking out as it circles around locals and tourists standing in the shallow water.

Others in the background can be seen pointing in horror, while some dive into the water as the creature swirls around their feet.

But a brave swimmer approaches the “shark” and begins to hit him on the head with a mop to scare him away.

He punches her several times on the head, as the man filming can be heard laughing.

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After a few swipes, the creature appears to be swimming the other way away from the crowd as a group of swimmers stay behind to make sure it leaves.

But authorities in Marmaris later confirmed it was not a shark – and mocked the man swimming in the ocean with a mop.

They said: “The fish seen on the public beach and believed to be a shark was a Mediterranean garfish.

“According to experts, it’s a harmless animal. That’s why you don’t need to take a mop with you when you go to the sea.”

Although not a shark on this occasion, the Mediterranean Sea is said to be home to 47 different shark species, including the blue shark, great hammerhead shark and great white shark.

It comes after several beaches on Egypt’s Red Sea coast were closed after two women – an Austrian and a Romanian – were killed in separate shark attacks within 600 meters of each other.

A 68-year-old woman from the Tyrol region of Austria – who was on vacation in Egypt, died on Friday after losing an arm and a leg in an attack while swimming in the sea.

Elizabeth Sauer told her husband she was going back into the water “for a while” just before the fatal incident.

Egyptian authorities said a Mako shark was responsible for his death.

And on Sunday, a Romanian woman was found dead after also being attacked.

Both incidents took place off Sahl Hasheesh near the city of Hurghada, about 60 miles southwest of the popular resort town of Sharm El Sheikh.

An expert has said the two women could have been killed by the same animal amid fears that overfishing and ‘shark food’ experiments for tourists could push predators inland.

Shark attacks are incredibly rare in the Red Sea, with no more than a handful every two years.

But in 2010, five people were attacked in the space of as many days in Sharm el-Sheikh, a 71-year-old German woman succumbing to her injuries.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Dr Lucy Hawkes from the University of Exeter warned it’s possible the two deadly attacks over the weekend were carried out by the same shark.

Dr Hawkes, a lecturer in physiological ecology who has traveled to the Red Sea to tag sharks for conservation purposes, said human actions were decimating the shark population while pushing them further in search of food .

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Sam Purkis, chair of the Department of Marine Geosciences at the University of Miami, also said dumping animal carcasses into the Red Sea from passing cargo ships could have brought two sharks to the surface at the same time.

“It brings the sharks to the surface to feed, bringing them into contact with swimmers,” he explained.