Shark hunt off the coast of Reunion Island
Sept 30 2011
by Rédaction

Shark hunt off the coast of Reunion Island

They got one! The fishermen designated by the island authorities to collect a dozen of sharks off the waters of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, managed to catch a 2,5 m and 150 kilos bull shark yesterday. This exceptional 3 day hunting period should help reassure locals and tourists after a series of four shark attacks, including two Deadly, since the beginning of the year.

The local authorities of Reunion Island decided on this one-time hunting period, targeted only to bull shark and tiger sharks populations, after a surfing instructor was killed by a shark 10 days ago in Saint Gilles les Bains.

This concentration of attacks since the beginning of the year is considered "exceptional and inexplicable." The authorities suggest that sharks have settled in the area which is the most touristic region of the island. There were 32 shark attacks in Reunion Island between 1980 and 2010, including 14 deadly. Yesterday, a white shark attack was also reported on a beach near Cape Town, South Africa, against a swimmer who braved the raised red flag.

Reunion Island is one of the most gay-friendly part of this region of the Indian Ocean. The island even adopted a gay-friendly welcome charter in 2005, that the tourism authorities want to boost in the coming months.

This is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French.

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