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Red Sea Shark Attacks: 3 Attacks Linked to Single Shark

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Three of five shark attacks are likely from one single whitetip female near a resort on the Red Sea on the coast of Egypt, according to Reuters citing an expert.

Witnesses saw a whitetip shark right before the first two attacks. The shark was photographed when a woman was attacked several days later, the report said. During that attack, the woman, who was identified as a 70-year-old German national, died Sunday after the shark bit her thigh and severed part of her arm.

“Instead of briefly grabbing for testing or tasting purposes, this female apparently considers human swimmers as a potential food source,” Elke Bojanowski, an expert on whitetip sharks in the Red Sea, told Reuters.

Egyptian authorities are concerned that the shark attacks will be problematic to their tourism industry, according to AFP. The Sharm el-Sheikh resort where the incidents took place is one of the main attractions in the North African nation.

A ban on swimming near the resort was set in motion on Sunday after the German woman was attacked.

{etRelated 47067, 46862}“If the beaches remain closed, we would be concerned,” South Sinai Governor Mohammed Shosha told AFP. “Eighty percent of tourists are leisure tourists, they visit beaches. That is why we would become concerned.”

Another report from the BBC said that several species of shark were behind the attacks, including a whitetip shark. Marine biologist George Burgess told the news agency that the shark was linked to at least two of the attacks.

What you have here are rational attempts by a predator to find food,” he told the BBC, discounting that there is a rouge shark out to kill humans a la the movie Jaws.

Shosha told the BBC that a mako shark believed to be responsible for the some of the attacks was caught.

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