The Convenor of ISO Standards Technical Committee TC228/WG1 for Diving Services, Martin Denison from Vienna, talks about his experience in his 25 years of diving in Sharm El Sheikh, and says that sighting of sharks is what divers live for.
Sharm El-sheikh - Divers come here to see sharks and the requests made to dive operators were equally bizarre as they want to be taken to the exact site where the attacks took place. Any experienced diver will attest that most sharks are relatively timid and will avoid encounters with divers as much as they can. Most shark species out of the 400 species known, are bottom dwellers or have mouths that feed along the bottom, have short snouts and some with mouths in front and absolutely no teeth such as the Whale Shark.
Speculation was rife with the practice of shark-feeding. Whoever had been feeding them has stopped, causing them to go elsewhere, associating humans on the surface with food. Some alleged that it’s because of the cargoes of dead sheep that had been thrown overboard en route to Egypt. Whatever the case may be, it’s their first fatal shark attack in 14 years after a German woman died and four others maimed in the span of a few days last week.
The embedded video is an interview with Denison on shark behaviour and how they are the "police of the sea."
Yesterday, the South Sinai Governor, Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, told reporters that they are allowing certain beaches to reopen on condition hotel owners adhere to new controls to ensure the safety of foreign tourists while diving or swimming.