A wounded shark turned from deep water toward Tel Aviv's shore Saturday, frightening hundreds of bathers along the crowded beach strip.

Police and lifeguards closed beaches for nearly an hour and went out on rafts to pull in swimmers.The large hammerhead shark, shot by boaters after it ran into their yacht three miles offshore, later plunged beneath the surface and disappeared, Tel Aviv police spokeswoman Ahuva Ivri said.

Police boats and private yachts continued to search for the shark, but Ivri said it might have died from its wounds.