December 3, 2020 11:40 am
Updated 11:40 am
In Egypt, a 42-year-old German tourist was attacked and injured by a shark while diving in the Red Sea.
The incident occurred near the resort of Marsa Alam, which tourists particularly like to visit to watch sharks. The woman was attacked by a long-fin mako.
The woman is in “stable condition,” the local authorities announced. After being rescued, the vacationer was brought to the nearest hospital by five other divers, where a wound was sewn on her left shoulder, said the governor of the region, Amr Hanafi.
The governor ordered “all diving activities and excursions in the coral zone to be suspended for three days”. In addition, a “scientific committee” will be set up to investigate a possible “change in the behavior of the sharks” in the area.
Long-finned macos can be up to four meters long and, like the great white shark, belong to the mackerel shark genus. It is precisely because of its speed and aggressiveness that this species of shark can be classified as “dangerous”.
At the end of October, the Ministry of the Environment reported several shark attacks in southern Sinai. In 2018, a Czech tourist died in Egypt after a shark attack.