Egyptian Resort Sees Five Shark Attacks in One Week, Evoking “Jaws” Comparisons
December 6, 2010
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (ChattahBox World News)—Just one day after declaring that the water was safe for swimmers, Egyptian authorities expressed shock when a 70-year-old woman was severely mauled by an oceanic whitetip shark while snorkeling yesterday off the Red Sea Resort, the UK Telegraph reports. The attack marked the fifth time in one week that sharks—possibly one bloodthirsty predator responsible for all of the encounters–attacked humans along the same shore.
The problems began last Tuesday, when two Russian men were separately attacked within minutes of one another, followed by a Russian woman, who was the third victim the same day, the Telegraph reports. The next day, a Ukranian man was attacked, after which Egyptian officials claimed to have captured the culprits: a whitetip shark and a mako.
A local environmental group suspected that the sharks that were caught did not appear to be the predators involved in the attack, but officials declared the shore safe for swimming on Saturday, the Telegraph notes. However, the beach closed again after yesterday’s attack, which some say mirrors the events profiled in the 1975 thriller “Jaws.”