Shark Attack in Egypt? Must Be the Work of Israeli Agents

By Jennifer Welsh | December 13, 2010 11:27 am

swimmersA recent smattering of shark attacks in the shallow waters of the Egyptian resort city Sharm el-Sheikh has visitors in a state of JAWS-like panic. The sharks (now known to be individuals of at least two different species) attacked five times over six days, killing a German tourist and severely injuring four others.

The state of panic is a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theories. One Sharm el-Sheikh diver named Captain Mustafa Ismail believes that the sharks were trained to attack Egyptians by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. He explained his theory to Egypt Today (as retold by Ahram Online):

When asked by the anchor how the shark entered Sharm El Sheikh waters, he burst out, “no, it’s who let them in?” Urged to elaborate, Ismail said that he recently got a call from an Israeli diver in Eilat telling him that they captured a small shark with a GPS planted in its back, implying that the sharks were monitored to attack in Egypt’s waters only. “Why would these sharks travel 4000 km and not have any accidents until they entered Sinai waters?” asked Ismail.

When Egypt Today asked the region’s governor, General Abdel-Fadeel Shosha, what he thought of the theory, he said he couldn’t rule it out. It was possible, he said, that Israel was trying to undermine the Egyptian tourism industry, explains SkyNews.com:

Whether this was an Israeli agent in a shark costume, a specially indoctrinated Zionist shark, or a remote controlled cybershark, the general does not elaborate, but he says the theory needs investigating.

To state the obvious: Mossad probably isn’t behind the shark attacks. Most biologists agree they’ve been triggered by human activity, George Burgess told the BBC:

“What you have here are rational attempts by a predator to find food,” said Mr Burgess, of the International Shark Attack File based in Florida. He said the dumping of animal carcasses in the area by a cargo ship last month might have contributed to the attacks by attracting the sharks nearer to shore, but said the investigation was ongoing.

Other factors, like overfishing of the shark’s natural prey and tourists feeding wildlife, could have also spurred the attacks. Human activity almost definitely contributed to the sharks’ behavior, Red Sea diver Hossam El-Hamalawy told The Guardian:

“This should be a reminder that the ocean is the shark’s natural habitat and that we are visitors there,” said Hossam El-Hamalawy, a certified Red Sea rescue diver. “When we begin messing with the inhabitants’ behavioural patterns, when we begin messing with their environment, then the consequences can be serious.”

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Image: Flickr/WomEOS

  • Jason

    “Whether this was an Israeli agent in a shark costume, a specially indoctrinated Zionist shark, or a remote controlled cybershark, the general does not elaborate, but he says the theory needs investigating.”

    … really? Sigh. Way to go humanity.

  • Steve

    “… really? Sigh. Way to go humanity.”

    You may have missed the sarcasm.

  • Michael Liben

    No sarcasm to miss. Read back, the general wouldn’t rule it out. The quote only elaborates the point. Perhaps you missed the reporter’s sarcasm in presenting it. Taken in context with other ridiculous claims made by Egyptians about Israel, it’s clear that somebody really meant it. So I would have to sigh, and say, “Way to go humanity.”

  • Oborne

    Pfffft… this is dumb anyways. Everyone knows Jew did 9/11 and they must have done this as well.

  • TrishH

    Holy Crap, is the whole GD world going insane?

  • Hater

    Israel only did this in self-defense. Everyone knows that the swarms of jelly fish were an al qaeda plot. The attack that killed Steve Irwin was clearly the work Hizbollah. And the guy who was done in by those grizzly bears he had been living with was the gawd damn f’ing commies.

  • http://google Zoey

    Self-defense or not people should still not fight other people its completely wrong, and that a wrong on them, because now its their fualt why the people who are died is because of them,and if the people who got attacked want revenge or whatever strick back is wrong on them, more people die. That the problem in this world way too much violence,when we start getting along then we can live in peace and we don’t have to worry on who will die next or what crime will someone commite next. I want the people who is attacking to think are they doing the right thing, think of how the women and children felt in your society, because that is how you make other women and chidren feel. In any place the alot of them are stuffering and in fear because of their bad choices they make, but who can the attackers probably think I don’t care its good for our country. Its good for your people to live in fear and dieing!!! We could do so much for eachother if we just work together.

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