11 ft Tiger shark said to be involved in latest fatal attack in La Reunion
Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
17. February 2015
Local sources have released the identity of the young woman killed in a shark attack in the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion last saturday ( 14. Feb 2015 ).
Twenty-two years old Talon Bishop died from ‘multiple bites’, one of which severed the femoral artery.
The tragic incident occurred while the British-born woman was swimming with her friend on Valentine’s Day near Pont Mula in l’Etang Salé. It marks the island’s sixth confirmed shark attack fatality since 2011, and the first one since July 2013 when a fishing program to cull bull and tiger sharks has been introduced ( more info here ).
The following day, about 200 people gathered at the beach to pay tribute to Talon (video).
According to information provided by the National Gendarmerie, the wounds were inflicted by a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) with an estimated length of 3,50 metres.
Reunion authorities have launched post-attack procedures in order to catch the shark.
The participating fishermen are currently conducting targeted shark fishing operations in the immediate vicinity of the scene of the attack at l’Etang Salé. As a result, two bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) have already been caught and killed. Both specimens measured over 2 metres in length. One fisherman is quoted as saying that the area is literally “infested with sharks.”
Update: third shark caught this afternoon- female tiger shark 1,90 m.
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