Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rogue Sharks

It started out as a so-so show for Shark Week, random attacks and qustioning whether or not rogue sharks exist (they don't,) I actually got a little bored for a bit but then there was this great surprise ending!
Basically what you need to know is that there were a series of shark attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh (one of Egypt's Red Sea resort towns,) which were all very similar and by the same shark; an oceanic whitetip with a nick in its tail. The shark had bitten off several hands and taken bites from several butts! So the question was is this a rogue shark? Is this shark hunting humans on purpose? The answer, it turns out, is sort of yes!
A video surfaced showing a diver "training" this very same whitetip shark. He would hold a dead fish in his hands for the shark and then would turn around. The shark would then swim up behind the man and the man would produce another fish from his fanny pack and feed the shark behind him! The shark began to associate humans with "treats."So the shark bit off hands hoping for treats and then bit the butts looking for the second treat!  Incredible! Of course if the shark was actually rogue it wouldn't have just bit the people, instead it would have just devoured them.

1 comment:

  1. What the heck was the diver trying to train the shark for anyway? Not safe for humans and in the long run not safe for the shark either.

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