Bit later than I anticipated writing this as my trip was a month ago now but recent tragic news about shark attacks Sharm el Sheik has given me a little nudge.
The fourth and final day of my PADI open water diving course was from a boat moored right where the german lady that was attacked and died was snorkelling. I was snorkelling on the same reef - more of why I was snorkelling and not diving later.
There doesn't seem to be an explanation yet for the attacks although there was one hilarious headline I've just seen on the BBC website: Shark attacks not linked to Mossad says Israel
I kid you not, that is a genuine headline. I have visions of that Austin Powers Dr Evil scene: 'Is it too much to ask for sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads?'
Anyway back to the serious stuff. Naturally its awful that someone has been killed and others injured but I will be surprised if it turns out that this extremely rare event has not been because of man's interference with the shark's environment.
Theories circulated so far include animal carcasses being dumped from a ship into the water, over fishing of sharks natural prey and also tourists feeding the fish on the reefs. The latter is something I saw a lot of in Sharm despite warnings not too.
Tourists think a few innocent bits of bread to make the pretty fish come close is harmless but it isn't. Not only does it upset the natural balance of the underwater eco system but it also creates a feeding frenzy among the smaller fish which attracts biggers fish, which attracts even bigger fish... you get the picture.