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January 14, 2010. IAN EVANS. Daily Mail. Tourist killed by 'dinosaur-sized' great white shark off South African beach
Beaches around Cape Town remained on full alert today after a great white shark the size of 'a dinosaur' attacked and killed a tourist leaving ‘a pool of blood in the water’.
Eyewitnesses said the shark flipped in the air as it sunk its teeth into Lloyd Skinner, a 37-year-old Zimbabwean who lived in Mozambique, who was swimming 100metres offshore while his wife relaxed on the beach.
Rescue workers said the shark attacked Mr Skinner three times off Fish Hoek beach.
Onlooker Gregg Coppen posted on Twitter: 'Holy s***. We just saw a gigantic shark eat what looked like a person in front of our house.
'That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge... longer than a mini-bus.'
Then it was over. There was this pool of blood in the water.'
Another onlooker, Kathey Geldenbuys, said she saw 'what looked like a five metre [long] shark rising from the water and biting Mr Skinner.
False Bay, in which Fish Hoek is located, has one of the highest densities of great white sharks in the world.
Lifeguards shouted warnings to other swimmers in the sea to get ashore immediately.
His wife, who was sunbathing at the time, was being given counselling following the deadly attack.
Ian Klopper from the National Sea Rescue Institute, said: 'I would be amazed if we found anything now. The shark attacked him three times.
'It didn’t bite him and let him go. It came back and carried on eating.'
One lifeguard told the Cape Argus newspaper: 'I saw the fin. I stood up and saw it do a 360 and then it spun around. It took the guy under.
'The shark’s tail came out of the water. It was a big animal. I was shouting "Shark, shark." These bathers were about 15metres away and not seeing what was happening.
'Then it was over. There was this pool of blood in the water.'
The coastline is also home to the world’s only shark spotting networks - men and women who are located on mountains armed with binoculars and walkie-talkies to alert lifeguards on the beach.
However on Wednesday the water in Fish Hoek was said to be murky, hampering the shark spotters’ effectiveness. Swimmers were warned about this by a raised black flag.
The unique service was set-up five years ago after local teen J.P. Andrews was attacked by a great white shark while surfing off nearby Muizenberg beach. Doctors pronounced him dead on the beach - but he survived, although he lost his right leg.
The NSRI said some people returned to the seas of Fish Hoek this morning, despite the threat and the ongoing search for body parts and the shark by police, sea rescue teams and shark researchers
List of Shark travel tourism destination:
Deep Sea Shark diving, Shark Cage Diving, Scuba diving and water sports
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Sharks and diving have always fascinated people despite sharks being the most dangerous animals in many of the beautiful beaches found in many coasts of Africa. Sharm el-Sheikh has also become a favorite spot for scuba divers from around the world as people might not have given the thought of Egypt as one of the most important amazing Deep Sea Shark diving, Shark Cage Diving, Scuba diving and water sports location in Africa and the world as well despite its historical location with the famous pyramids being the most famous attraction.
Being situated near the Red Sea, it provides some of the most stunning underwater scenery and warm water making this an ideal place to dive due to its diverse shark population.There is great scope for scientific tourism with diversity in marine life species; 250 different coral reefs and 1000 species of fish. Around this area, you can find hammerheads, black tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, silky sharks and more. Visitors to Sharm el-Sheikh can experience a variety of water and activities. Beach seekers find many activities such as diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, para-sailing, boating, and canoeing.
White Shark Café: Southern California, USA
One of the greatest shark attraction ever recorded in the United States is The White Shark Café which is a remote mid-Pacific Ocean area noted as a winter and spring habitat of otherwise coastal great white sharks.
The area, halfway between Baja California and Hawaii, received its unofficial name in 2002 from researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who were studying the great white shark species using satellite tracking tags Southern California is a great place for new, casual shark divers. Divers can take a cruise out on the water, usually around San Diego and they'll be dropped off in areas where blue sharks, horn shark, and Pacific angel sharks reside. The beautiful amazing waters off the Channel Islands are also an excellent travel destination and location to explore shipwrecks, caves and other wildlife.
Palau Shark Sanctuary, Palau, Pacific Islands
The beautiful shark island destination is no other than the the Marshall Islands where the government created the world's largest shark sanctuary, covering about two million sq km (750,000 sq miles) of ocean. The Pacific republic has ban trade in shark products and commercial shark fishing throughout its waters and hence tourism, including diving, is a staple of the Marshall Islands archipelago, which is home to just 68,000 people.
Sharks and their near relatives such as rays are seriously threatened by issues such as habitat loss and fishing.This place was created as a safe haven for sharks to stop the practice of shark finning, or removing the sharks' fins and discarding the body. This is the first shark sanctuary in the world. Commercial fishing isn't allowed here, but shark diving is encouraged as it is a better way to boost tourism. Palau gives divers the opportunity to get close to whale sharks, tiger sharks, hammerheads, oceanic white tips, silver sharks, bull and silky sharks.
The beautiful Maldives shark travel destination resorts offer plenty of activities for tourists to do including shark swims. Divers have the opportunity to swim with the largest shark in the world, the whale shark. Luckily, these fish, which grow up to 36-feet long, are among some of the most gentle creatures in the sea. A night dive at Maaya Thila also allows divers to encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stonefish
Gansbaai, South Africa
Gansbaai (Afrikaans: "bay of geese," sometimes referred to as Gans Bay) is a fishing village, located near Cape Town at the tip of South Africa, since 1995 has been cage diving with Great White sharks and is known for its dense population of beautiful dangerous worlds top ten most dangerous Great white sharks. In fact, it is called The World's Great White Shark Capital. The land is surrounded by seals which attract the sharp-toothed predators. Shark dives take place in an area known as Shark Alley. It is said that after Kruger National Park, the Great White sharks attract some of the highest number of tourist to South Africa for any singular activity. Another beautiful shark island travel destination which is excellent, and less crowded shark diving spot in South Africa is also False Bay. The Southern Right Whale can be seen in large numbers, especially from the rocky shores of De Kelders on Walker Bay. This is also the site of an old whaling station. The lookout platform and the steps leading to it are still standing. Its amazing to note that whales are endangered animals and are protected by law in South Africa and the descendants of the whalers are now the skippers on the boats that take tourists to these beautiful travel destination out for boat-based whale watching in South Africa.In the same vicinity just off Shark Alley, you will find an abundance of seals, being the hot spot restaurant of the great whites, not to mention the Penguin colony of Dyer Island.
Do you know what is so important about the Bahamas? its not just the surf and tun you find but with all the beauty of the vast ocean, sharks, turtles, seals and many other deep sea creatures are just some of the most amazing things that make the Bahamas a travel destination list of a life time. The Bahamas are a terrific Shark travel tourism destination and location for shark divers at all levels of experience who come to the Bahamas as its just one of the locations in the world which is loved for its great adventure safaris in the deep oceans with all the deep sea creatures as well as this Shark travel tourism destination place has the greatest variety of shark species. First-time divers can dive with 30 Caribbean reef sharks at a time in New Providence while the braver deep sea divers or more experienced divers can go to other deep sea shark destination such as Tiger Beach off Grand Bahama to get up close with dangerous tiger sharks. The amazing shark species range from Great whites to some of the most wonderful tiniest beautiful shark species found on earth. Some Shark travel tourism destination tours allow divers and swimmers to dive with these dangerous sharks and the harmless sharks without using a cage, while others, like those with tiger sharks, require cages.
Southern California, USA