The big bad shark: a measured perspective
A red flag serving as a warning of shark sightings flutters over tourists enjoying a day on the beach in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on December 8, 2010
Shortly after a German tourist was killed by a shark at Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm Al Shaikh, all sorts of conspiracy theories were floated. Some said it was a terrorist plot to undermine Egypt's security while others accused Israel of planting genetically-modified sharks in the waters to ruin the tourism season, a major source of Egypt's GDP.
Certainly, Israel has a record of anti-Egypt acts aimed at harming the interests of the largest Arab country. But in this latest incident, it would be more sober to look at the issue within its natural perspective. It is unusual for sharks to exist in that area. Thus, a team is currently working on the assumption that something had altered the ecological balance in the coral-rich coast.
The findings would sure be interesting and beneficial to the long-term development of the popular resort. And it will also show that Egypt's security is not as fragile as those who spread the rumour may think.