Egypt calls in shark experts after attacks
December 7th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Egypt calls in shark experts after attacks

Shark experts began arriving in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday to investigate what led to four attacks over the last week that killed a German woman and injured three snorkelers, officials said.

The behavioral experts will form an advisory team to assess and advise on the best course of action following the attacks, according to Jochen Van Lysebettens, general operations manager of the Red Sea Diving College in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The tab for the expert advise is being picked up by the Ministry of Tourism. Van Lysebettens said the reason behind the shark attacks needs to be determined in order to stop it.

Sharm el-Sheikh beach will remain closed until the shark responsible for Sunday's fatal attack is found, according to Egypt's Interior Ministry. A 70-year-old woman, a regular guest at the resort, was snorkeling near a reef on Sunday when she was attacked, he said.

She called for help, and a lifeguard brought her to shore, but she had lost too much blood and resuscitation efforts failed, Van Lysebettens said. The woman's arm and leg were severed, he said.

After the incident, the Chamber of Diving and Watersports called on its members in the region "to stop any snorkeling activities happening from any boats or shore." The chamber is under the umbrella of the Egyptian Tourist Federation.


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  1. Shark Expert

    Yep, a shark did this. bye.

    December 7, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      This shark, swallow you whole.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

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    December 7, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      The height and weight of the victim can only be estimated from the partial remains. The torso has been severed in mid-thorax; there are no major organs remaining...
      Right arm has been severed above the elbow with massive tissue loss in the upper musculature... partially denuded bone remaining...
      This was no boat accident!

      December 7, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stan K

    Sharks swimming around the Great Pyramids? Eating alligators in teh Nile? Chasing camels acrosss the desert?
    I need to get out more!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      They caught A shark, not THE shark. Big difference. Not the shark that killed Chrissie Watkins... and probably not the shark that killed the little boy... which I wanted to prove today, by cutting the shark open...

      December 7, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jaws

    [cue attack music]................................*GOBBLESNARF!*

    December 7, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      He ate the light.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. uhh

    Why do they need experts to figure out why a shark ate someone...sharks are supposed to do that, they're SHARKS, duh.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Striker

      Ya know, I'm gonna stuff your friggin' head in there, man, and find out if it's a man-eater, all right? 🙂

      December 7, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      I don't think that's funny. I don't think that's funny at all, I'm sorry.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Striker

      What's the matter with my printing?

      December 7, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      I think that I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and BITES YOU ON THE @S$!

      December 7, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nat

    Shark psychiatrist..interesting...are they gonna put the sharks on prozac??how do they know its just one shark doing the attacking??

    December 7, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andreas Moser

    And some officials in Egypt can't think of anything better than to blame Israel (once again):

    December 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |