Benidorm's Poniente beach was closed for 45 minutes on Tuesday morning after a 10-year-old boy received a nasty nip from an unidentified fish.
While a spokesman for the popular holiday resort's town hall told The Local that "we can absolutely assure that it was not a shark attack," the British tabloid press reported the story in a slightly different way.
"Jaws attack off Benidorm" read the Daily Star front page on Wednesday. The British tabloid also included a survey asking its readers "Does this put you off travelling to Spain?"
Spanish media quickly picked up on the British reaction to the fish bite, with many labelling it "sensationalist" while Spaniards seized the opportunity to have a laugh at the overreaction.
Here is The Local's roundup of the best tweets.
"A fish bites a kid in Benidorm and the English call it a great white shark attack," writes Juan Ra.
"The "British shark" that is terrorizing Benidorm is neither a shark nor causing panic…" writes Alfonso Rojo López.
Me voy para Benidorm, no se si me encontraré con algún tiburón blanco pero seguro q me tropiezo con + de un borracho ingles #estupidezmaxima— gema gonzalez peña (@gema71gp_pea) August 21, 2015
"I'm going to Benidorm, I don't know if I'll see any type of great white shark but I'm sure that I'll trip over a drunk Brit," writes gema gonzalez peña.
"I've taken an exclusive photograph of the Benidorm shark for you to publish. You're welcome Daily Star," writes Pablo Martínez.