Overfishing and the island’s unique geography both play a role
WHEN Julian Creedon moved from Jersey to Réunion in 2006 the island seemed like a surfer’s paradise: “White beaches, epic waves, it was perfect.” But last month Alexandre Naussance, a 26-year-old fellow surfer, became the eighth person to be killed by a shark in the waters around the island since 2011. In the past six years 20 people have been attacked by sharks in Réunion. In terms of deaths, the tiny island takes first place. Why have the waters around Réunion become so dangerous?
A decade ago, shark attacks in Réunion were rare…
The Economist | 7th March 2017