A man was killed by a shark while stepping into the water to relieve himself on a Brazilian beach.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at Piedade Beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, northern Brazil. Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, and another partygoer decided to go into the sea to urinate. The surf had become choppy and muddy, making it hard to distinguish things in the ocean. Santos was said to have been drinking with pals before he was attacked.
“As the beach has no bathroom, I went into the sea to pee. I was beside him [in] the water”, Santos’ shocked friend Ademir Sebastiao da Silva recalled. The shark then attacked, taking the beachgoer’s hand and a portion of his leg off.
Santo’s friends got him back to shore quickly, where he dropped motionless on the beach in front of shocked onlookers.
Shortly after, Santos was brought to a hospital in Recife and proclaimed dead. His companion da Silva, who was the only person next to him in the sea at that time, remained unharmed.
Eyewitness Endriano Gomes described the horrifying incident to Newsflash. “There was a lot of blood in the water,” he said.
Because the ocean is murky due to the continuous rains, shark assaults are typical this time of year. In recent decades, there have been more than 60 shark attacks in the area, with 25 other deaths since 1992. According to state records, there have been a dozen such incidents on the seashore where Santos was attacked.
According to Jonas Rodrigues, a researcher at the Federal University of Pernambuco, the type involved is a tiger shark. Based on the bite evidence, the tiger shark was about 2.6 meters long.
The area has a history of shark strikes, and that warning signs were installed to warn visitors, local authorities also noted.
“I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks”, one local snack vendor told Beach Grit. “It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad.”
The development of the Suape Port in 1992, which interrupted the predators’ reproductive and feeding routines, was blamed by specialists for the increase in shark strikes in the area.