Egypt: Shark caught at Red Sea resort

2010-12-09 10:37

Sharm el-Sheikh - A top Egyptian official said on Wednesday that he believes that one of two sharks involved in attacks on tourists in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh has been caught, while the other is still free.

Governor of South Sinai Mohammed Shousha said according to initial findings from US and Egyptian experts a Mako shark caught on Thursday mauled two tourists last week.

An Oceanic White Tip that mauled two Russians last week and killed a German woman on Sunday remains at large and the resort's beaches remain closed indefinitely.

The scientists drew their conclusions based on the pattern of bite marks on the victims and according to witness accounts, Shousha said.

Tourist attraction

A team of US experts is in Sharm el-Sheikh to help investigate the unusual series of attacks in one of the world's top diving destinations.

"The search for the Oceanic White Tip continues," he said. Divers are surveying the waters.

Sharm el-Sheikh is a major Egyptian tourist attraction, with a busy airport that brings in package tours from Europe and offers a warm and quick escape from frigid winter temperatures on the continent.

Divers are drawn by the steep drop-offs of coral reefs just offshore that offer deep walls of coral with a rich and colourful sea life. There is also an observatory to view sharks.

Shark attacks in the area are rare and authorities were scrambling to prevent them from cutting into the crucial revenues that Red Sea tourism brings to Egypt.

The resort at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula has boomed since the 1980s. There are some 100 hotels, long stretches of sandy white beaches, desert safari excursions and a vibrant night life.

Spate of attacks inexplicable

Beach tourism is believed to contribute about 66% of Egypt's total income from tourism, which is expected to reach $12.3bn by the end of the current fiscal year in June, Tourism Minister Zohair Garanah was quoted as saying in state-owned Al-Gomhuria daily.

Experts so far have been at a loss to explain the reasons for the sudden spate of shark attacks.

Environmentalists have theorised that overfishing or depletion of food sources from other causes could be driving sharks closer to shore in search of food.

There are also accusations that tourist boats are illegally dumping meat into the water to attract sharks for passengers wanting to photograph them.

  • devils-adv - 2010-12-09 10:52

    "Shark attacks in the area are rare and authorities were scrambling to prevent them from cutting into the crucial revenues that Red Sea tourism brings to Egypt." - So this means hunting down every shark in the area and killing them? Humans are so bloody stupid!

      Roo - 2010-12-09 11:06

      I totally agree with you - if you don't like sharks stay OUT of their yard!

      VAD - 2010-12-09 11:37

      Go Sharks!!!

  • Willem - 2010-12-09 11:24

    It just shows again that humans are the most idiotic life forms on this planet.

  • GreenyGoblin - 2010-12-09 11:29

    Dear Roo move to the moon as you live on the land where lions and tigers should roam free.

      Squire - 2010-12-09 12:06

      Bit of a retarded comment Greeny....

      andrewpottow - 2010-12-09 22:04

      He has a point though....

  • rodneykdc - 2010-12-09 12:00

    Naughty naughty sharkie , you are not supposed to eat beans & specially not human beans , what are the DUMB human beans doing in the sharkies supermarket .

  • v3 - 2010-12-09 12:07

    Now they can substantiate the claim that the shark was an agent of Israel's Mossad.

  • Ness - 2010-12-09 14:39

    Seriously? How can they possibly know its the same shark? It sounds more like a bad B movie you could watch on Hallmark where they go out and slaughter these poor creatures and tell everyone its safe to venture back into the water.

  • richietarr - 2010-12-13 16:23

    So the tourists are encouraged to throw chum out and draw the sharks in to feed by the travel guides. And those same guides cry foul when things go amiss and order the sharks to be caught, you brought it on yourselves, sue the resort. The sharks were following their natural instinct. What a bunch of idiots!! Talk about biting the hand that feeds you...

  • mariko - 2011-08-17 14:43

    Have you ever found a shark in your house?

      bonny - 2011-09-28 13:25

      I actually did once, I fed it to my Lion though :-)

      Craig - 2011-09-28 13:33

      I went into a bar with my giraffe, ordered a beer for me and a tequila for the giraffe, This carried on all night until the giraffe passed out on the floor. I left at once but the barman shouted, "Hey, you can't leave that lying here." So I said, "It's not a lion, it's a giraffe.' Just saying,like.

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