Monday 6 August 2018

Tourist killed by Shark on the Red Sea coast of Egypt.

A tourist has been found dead after apparently being attacked by a Shark off the Red Sea coast of Egypt. The body of the as yet unnamed 41-year-old man was found on a beach to the north of the resort of Marsa Alam, which is popular with divers attracted to the area's Coral Reefs. This is the first Shark related fatality in Egypt since 2015, when a German tourist was killed by a Shark on the Red Sea Coast, with the fatality before that occurring in 2010, again of a German tourist in the Red Sea.

Divers explore a reef near the resort of Marsa Alam on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. Memphis Tours.

Despite their fearsome reputation, attacks by Sharks are relatively rare. Most attacks on Humans by Sharks are thought to be mistakes, made by species that feed principally on Marine Mammals (which we superficially resemble when we enter the water), gaining the majority of their nutrition from the thick adipose (fat) layers of these animals (which we lack). Due to this, when Sharks do attack Humans these attacks are often broken off without the victim being consumed. Such attacks frequently result in severe injuries, but are seldom immediately fatal, with victims likely to survive if they receive immediate medical attention.

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