Tourist's hand found inside shark off Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

The shark used to be among several caught in the Indian Ocean for compare capabilities on Monday and Tuesday.

The island is classed as French department and last month during a visit President Emmanuel Macron said Paris would double financial assistance to two million euros to help prevent shark attacks.

Since 2011, there have been 27 shark attacks in the waters off Réunion, 11 of which have proved fatal.

A Scottish tourist was snorkeling in a lagoon's idyllic waters east of Madagascar on Saturday when he vanished, prompting a days-long search that included capturing and opening up tiger sharks to find signs of a human. It was identified through the wedding ring that was also found inside the tiger shark.

It is not know whether the shark killed him or he drowned and was later eaten by it.

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A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed: "We are providing support to the family of a British man who died in La Réunion".

The island has taken extreme measures to combat the rise in shark attacks, including a ban on surfing and swimming for most of the shoreline and the installation of shark fences to ward off the predators.

"It may be that waves pushed the man beyond the reef into open sea, or that the shark swam into the lagoon". The only exceptions are in shallow waters of the island's lagoons. There have been two reported shark-related deaths in the area this year. The first woman got bitten on her legs and torso and was left in critical condition.

An investigating source reported that authorities feared that the hand belonged to a tourist who was reported missing on Saturday afternoon by his wife. And November of the previous year, an Australian man died from an attack.

In response, authorities installed drum lines but were later removed due to its impact on marine life.

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