MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) —
The second victim, a 26-year-old American tourist, was attacked on November 23, 2023, near the resort town of Tulum. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Cancun, but died of their injuries on November 29, 2023.
The attack is the second fatal shark attack in the area in recent months. In October 2023, a 30-year-old American tourist was killed by a shark attack off the coast of Playa del Carmen.
The recent attacks have raised concerns about the safety of swimming in the waters off the Mexican Caribbean coast. Authorities are urging tourists to be cautious and to swim only in designated areas.
What We Know About the Attack
The details of the attack are still under investigation, but authorities believe that the victim was attacked by a bull shark. Bull sharks are one of the most dangerous species of sharks, and they are known to attack humans.
The victim was swimming in a shallow area near the shore when they were attacked. The shark bit the victim multiple times, and they suffered severe injuries to their legs and torso.
What Authorities Are Doing
Authorities are investigating the attack and are trying to determine what caused the shark to attack. They are also working to increase safety measures in the area, including deploying more lifeguards and warning signs.
What Tourists Can Do
Tourists who are planning to visit the Mexican Caribbean coast are advised to be aware of the risk of shark attacks. They should swim only in designated areas and avoid swimming alone. They should also be aware of the signs of a shark attack, such as seeing a shark fin or hearing splashing.
If you are attacked by a shark, it is important to stay calm and fight back. Hit the shark in the eyes or nose, and try to get away from it. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately.
Shark Attacks in Mexico
Shark attacks are relatively rare in Mexico, but they do happen. In the past decade, there have been an average of about five shark attacks per year in Mexico. The majority of these attacks are non-fatal.
The most recent fatal shark attack in Mexico before the attacks in October and November 2023 was in 2015. In that year, a 23-year-old American tourist was killed by a shark attack off the coast of Cozumel.
Shark attacks are a reminder of the importance of shark conservation. Sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem, and they help to keep populations of other fish in check. However, sharks are also threatened by overfishing and habitat loss.
We can all help to protect sharks by supporting sustainable fishing practices and by advocating for the protection of marine habitats.