Seychelles calls in SA shark experts

2011-08-17 11:15

Cape Town - The Seychelles has called in South African experts to help identify the species of shark that may be responsible for the death of a tourist.

On Tuesday, Ian Redmond from Lancashire was killed by a shark in the Seychelles and Sky News reported that his body will be flown back to the UK.

The shark struck in the waters off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin, which is a popular destination with honeymooners.

This is the second fatal shark attack there in two weeks. A 36-year-old French tourist was killed on August 2.

Shark attacks are so random that no trends can be observed, an expert has said.

"They [shark attacks] are so sporadic that if you look for trends, you're going to get disappointment," shark expert Leonard Compagno told News24.

Generally, experts believe that shark attacks usually occur because the shark mistakes people in the water for seals, especially when surfers, for example, wait for wave on their boards.


Compagno said that one could distinguish between a shark attack where the shark intended to kill the victim and one that was accidental.

"Sharks generally do not prey on people. When you have a genuine predation bout, you know it's because pieces are taken out of the victim," he said.

"They may go repeatedly at people. This does happen, but on the other hand, it's rare.

"On the other hand there have been single bites that are not necessarily cases of mistaken identity," he added.

In December 2010, a German tourist in Egypt was killed by a shark attack at the holiday resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after authorities re-opened the beaches, following fatal shark attacks.

But according to Compagno, some sharks avoid biting people and some researchers study sharks in the water without the protection of cages.


"There are whites sharks around [Miller's Point near Cape Town] and I know a couple of people who have repeatedly gone on dives with white sharks.

"It shows that they may be deliberately not targeting people," he said.

He said that where humans are bitten by sharks, it could be determined that it was either accidental or the shark was particularly aggressive. But these bites are different to way sharks bites seals.

"Most shark incidents where bites occur have been limited bites; they can do quite a bit more damage than is the case with humans."

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  • DEVILS SON - 2011-08-17 11:25


      HolySnake - 2011-08-17 11:32

      Traitor, he ran away from his coutry during riots for regime he bitten sea waters

  • Iceberg - 2011-08-17 11:28

    I swam/snorkelled at the very same beach that this guy was taken at -scary. At that time (2009) the Seychellois boasted that there had NEVER been a shark attack in the Seychelles.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-17 11:42

      surf in false bay, good times, never again

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-17 11:42

      surf in false bay, good times, never again

      Looter - 2011-08-17 12:36

      please, whats is so scary? The fact that you cant see a shark does not mean they are not there! If you find this scary then i would assume you find driving your car horrifying!

  • Jay - 2011-08-17 11:47

    I THINK THIS SHARK HAS UNCLE BOB-MUGABE TENDENCIES,,(ATTACKING THE BRITS)or it might be of terrorist descent, the ghost of Osama bin shark den

  • Trevor - 2011-08-17 11:59

    Oh please, what you going to do once you THINK you have identified the species, wipe them out???You swim in the sea, you stand a chance of being bitten or eaten, THAT IS NATURE....this all smells more like a marketing ploy to minimise the damage from the publicity...boring!!

  • valleyman - 2011-08-17 12:21

    Tiger (Galleocerdo cuvier) That is a best guess to be honest. Further examination of the wounds will no doubt yield the answer. Tragic though. RIP.

  • muk - 2011-08-17 12:28

    Sharks needs to be protected. Like driving; fatalaties happen. However I would speak a different tune if someone close to me happended to have been attacked. Hypocrite ne.

  • Makenzi - 2011-08-17 12:37

    So what happens when they find the shark? Are they going to arrest it and charge it with murder? Are they going to give it a death sentence? This is nature, survival of the fittest

  • Tania - 2011-08-17 13:02

    You are in their territory. Danger everywhere. I am a diver and know you don't mess around in the water. You don't go walking amongst the lions do you. You have to be carefull everywhere. Please do not kill the sharks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gac1 - 2011-08-17 13:05

    My guess would be that the intention in identifying the shark would be to determine whether there has been a change in the sharks that have traditionally beeen in the area and if the shark is not of the specific types known to inhabit the area they will then take a look at the current shark population and determine if this was a single individual or if a more aggresive shark species has migrated to the area. Determine whether a netting policy is in order to protect the tourists since tourism is the major part of the seychelles income. Of course they may just want to bring the shark in for questioning to determine whether the attack was premeditated or not and then, determine whether he should be charged, prosecuted and pending the outcome of the trial Incacerated in a facility for violent sharks.

  • Jakes Kruger - 2011-08-17 13:31

    I made a deal with the sharks; I will stay out of the sea and they will stay out of the pub! So far both parties have kept to the agreement.....hee hee.

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