Red Sea: two female tourists killed by a shark while they were swimming

A real tragedy happened in Egypt, precisely near Hurghada, on the Red Sea

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Red Sea: two female tourists killed by a shark while they were swimming

A real tragedy happened in Egypt, precisely near Hurghada, on the Red Sea. Two female tourists, while taking a bath, were attacked and killed by a shark. The attempts of the people present there to distract the big predator were useless, in a few seconds the sea was tinged with blood.

It is known that the Red Sea with very warm waters is a den of sharks and these episodes of aggression involve swimmers very often It all happened within a few moments. A video shoot was also made by those present in which the Austrian woman dived from the boat to cool off, but immediately after her the shark that attacked her appeared.

The local environment ministry announced it on facebook: "Two women were attacked by a shark while they were swimming and died in the Sahl Hasheesh area south of Hurghada." Austrian news agency Apa said one of the victims is a 68-year-old from the Tyrol region who was on vacation in Egypt.

Her name was Elisabeth Sauer, an Austrian citizen, with a passion for Egypt. The identity of the second victim has not yet been confirmed by the authorities, but according to the first investigations she is a tourist from Romania.


Fauna of the Red Sea

The Red Sea has a tropical fauna; there are 1461 species of fish largely in common with the western Indian Ocean, the number of endemic species is in fact surprisingly low for an enclosed sea.

The Red Sea is, from an ecological point of view, considered part of the Indo-Pacific The rich diversity is partly due to the 1,240 ml of coral reefs that stretch along the coast; these marginal reefs are between 5000 and 7000 years old and are largely formed by rocky acropora and porous corals.

Barriers form platforms and sometimes lagoons along the coast, and occasionally other distinctive features such as cylinders. The Red Sea also contains many reefs away from the coast, including actual atolls. Many of the coral formations far from the coast are indescribable with traditional classification schemes, and are generally attributed to the high levels of tectonic activity that characterize that area.

The particular biodiversity of the area is recognized by the Egyptian government, which established the Ras Mohammed National Park in 1983. The laws and regulations governing that area protect marine life, which has become an attraction for diving enthusiasts.

Divers and snorkelers should remember that although most species in the Red Sea are harmless, some are dangerous to humans - seeing Red Sea species dangerous to humans. Other marine habitats include grassy beds, salt marshes, mangroves, and salt marshes.