Report blames humans for Sharm el-Sheikh shark attacks

Sharm el-Sheikh–Initial findings of the scientific report produced by the Egyptian research team examining the reason behind a recent spate of shark attacks in Sharm al-Sheikh that left one German tourist dead and another four European tourists injured said human behavior largely explains the attacks.

The team said the sharks have grown accustomed to the food given to them by divers on a daily basis, which they said explains why the attacks took place at midday, although sharks normally eat at dawn or sunset.

Since sharks tend to eat once every three days, more than one shark may have carried out the attacks, they also concluded.

The final report, of which Al-Masry Al-Youm obtained a copy, said the attacks were carried out in the area between Naema Bay and Ras Nasranino, which is no more than 8 km long, proving that sharks have become used to seeing humans.

The report said that sharks fear humans and will normally bite a human being once before escaping.

The sharks responsible for the third and fourth attacks are of the mako species, according to the testimonies of two of the injured victims who said they fed the shark before it attacked them.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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