Sharks ‘seeking human targets’ Jun 11, 2008 12:23:35 GMT -5
Post by Bozur on Jun 11, 2008 12:23:35 GMT -5
Sharks ‘seeking human targets’
From VIRGINIA WHEELER
in Zihuantanejo, Mexico
Published: 07 Jun 2008
Manhunt ... already a bumper year for attacks
SCIENTISTS fear sharks are now HUNTING people for the first time after Jaws-style attacks on a resort.
The horrifying theory emerged after two surfers were killed and one badly injured in a month.
A fourth swimmer is missing at the Mexican seaside town.
Locals fear ONE rogue shark is responsible but experts believe a pack of deadly bull sharks are actively targeting humans for the first time.
They think the 10ft-long fish could have developed a taste for human flesh after devouring hundreds of corpses dumped into the sea by mobsters.
The beach at Zihuantanejo – near Acapulco and popular with British tourists – had not previously recorded a shark incident in more than 30 years.
And, with an annual average of only four fatal shark attacks globally, the fact that two people have died along the same stretch of coast within weeks has astonished international experts.
The Zihuantanejo deaths come halfway through what is already turning into a bumper year for shark attacks.
Zihuantanejo is now gripped by fear. Police have been guarding beaches and signs warn against going into the water.
Local businessmen, worried the deaths will devastate the tourist industry, hired fishermen to kill the sharks.
And Mexican Navy vessels were brought in last week to scour the waters for sharks using the tourist beach as a feeding ground.
Jose Leonardo Castillo, chief shark investigator for Mexico’s National Fishing Institute, said yesterday: “One theory we’re investigating is that a group of sharks have developed a taste for humans.”
Although the number of attacks world-wide increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007, there was only one recorded fatality. The two Zihuantanejo deaths and one in California have tripled that this year.