The Egyptian Ministry of the Environment and other authorities took immediate action, handing over the shark’s carcass to researchers for examination in order to determine the possible causes of the attack.
As part of their investigation, the shark will be mummified and put on display in a local museum.
The Fatal Shark Attack
Popov, a Russian tourist, was swimming far from the shore in the Dream Beach Sheraton resort when he was repeatedly attacked by a tiger shark.
The attack, witnessed by other beachgoers, was captured on video and showed the victim swimming and surfacing in distress as the shark charged at him.
The attack occurred in two stages, with the shark repeatedly targeting the tourist. Sadly, the second phase proved fatal.
Popov’s Tragic Death
Popov’s father, Yury Popov, who was present on the beach at the time of the attack, witnessed his son being mauled by the shark.
Despite the efforts of those nearby, the attack happened swiftly, and Popov’s injuries were severe, resulting in his tragic death.
Popov’s girlfriend, who was also in the water at the time, managed to escape unharmed.
Popov’s body parts, including his head, arms, and torso, were discovered inside the stomach of the tiger shark.
The Egyptian Ministry of the Environment, in cooperation with other specialists, took control of the shark’s carcass to investigate the possible causes of the attack.
The shark, identified as a tiger shark, has been handed over to the Institute of Marine Sciences for embalming and mummification.
Specialists from the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Red Sea Reserves have initiated the embalming process and preparation for the shark’s mummification.
Once the mummification process is complete, the shark will be displayed in the Institute of Marine Sciences museum.
Tiger Sharks and Shark Attacks
Tiger sharks, named for their striped body markings, are the fourth-largest species of shark, reaching lengths of up to 18 feet.
According to the Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File, tiger sharks are among the “big three” species responsible for human attacks, alongside great white sharks and bull sharks.
Unprovoked shark attacks in Egypt have been rare, with only 24 recorded incidents since 1828.
Environmental Factors and Possible Motives
Reports suggest that the shark attack may have been influenced by the discarding of animal remains into the sea, which can attract sharks to the area for feeding.
The Egyptian Ministry of the Environment and other agencies are investigating this factor along with other possible motives for the shark’s aggressive behavior.
The mummification of the tiger shark that fatally attacked Vladimir Popov in Hurghada, Egypt, serves as a solemn reminder of the tragedy that occurred.
As authorities continue to investigate the incident, the embalmed shark will be displayed in the Institute of Marine Sciences museum, providing an opportunity for visitors to learn about and reflect upon the consequences of such rare and devastating events.
This incident also highlights the importance of environmental awareness and responsible waste management to minimize the risk of shark encounters in coastal areas.