"I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks."
A man cooling off in knee-deep water after an afternoon boozing with pals at an obscure Brazilian beach has died after being bitten multiple times by a shark, likely a bull or tiger.
Brazilian media is showing graphic footage of a man in his fifties, dead, face down on the sand, a large bite on the back of his right thigh and with his right hand gone.
You can find it if you search hard enough but, warning, I wish I’d never seen it. Here’s a pulled-back still to give you an idea.
Actually, nah, here’s a blurred still.
Glazier Ademir Sebastião da Silva was in the water having a piss next to the man. He said he saw him staggering and the water red with blood.
“Since the beach doesn’t have a bathroom, I went into the sea to pee. It was right next to him, in waist-deep water,” he said.
The man fell unconscious on the sand.
“It could be me. It was God’s deliverance. If I had been diving or lingered in the water, I could have been attacked,”said da Silva.
The joint where he got hit, Piedade beach, is in Recife, a large city on the eastern tip of Brazil. Heaviest joints for sharks. Tourists regularly lose limbs.
A few years ago, after a tourist was hit in waist-deep water there, a beach snack seller, Maria Lourenço, shook his head, said, yeah, messed up, but “I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks. It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad.”
On the beach is a large sign that don’t pull punches. Danger. Risk of Shark Attack.
Turns out the problem is, likely, man-made.
In the early nineties, the port of Suape was built to attract large ships.
According to Quartz, The construction and this ship traffic disrupted two significant shark populations in the waters surrounding Recife: tiger sharks and bull sharks. The trails of garbage left behind by shipping vessels en route to the port attract these migratory creatures, drawing them dangerously close to popular beaches.
As we all know, tigers and bulls, like their big brother the Great White, don’t fuck around.