South Africa’s Second Beach in the rural Eastern Cape is among the world’s deadliest for shark attacks, with five fatalities in five years, three in 2009 alone.
“We’re probably the most unsafe beach in the world at the moment,” says Michael Gatcke, who from the veranda of his guesthouse witnessed a teenage surfer being mauled in January.
As for what is causing the sharks to attack, he muses, “It’s easy to speculate but hard to pinpoint what it actually is.”
Theories for the attack surge range from the shark-drawing blood of ceremonial animal sacrifices by traditional healers on the beach, to loud onshore music or a curse on surfers and lifesavers who have been the only victims.
Interesting theories. Perhaps the sharks around here have developed a more aggressive nature.
According to the article, there were six shark fatalities last year. The threat from sharks is really insignificant compared to things like lightning, car wrecks or obesity. To put this in perspective, see this great graphic of 20 Things that Kill More People Than Sharks.
For another mysterious attack, check out this story. What bit this surfer in Oregon? Did she intrude in a mermaid’s territory?
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