Man attacked by shark recovering, as ASEZA says no signs of marine predator

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AMMAN — Thirty-seven-year-old Maher Al-Abbadi, who was attacked by a shark on Friday, has recovered from serious injuries and is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, Abbadi told Jordan News.اضافة اعلان

A source at the Aqaba-based Prince Hashem Hospital, where the boat operator was being treated, confirmed the recovery and the discharge date, noting that the man went under a tendon repair surgery.

Abbadi, who works for the Aqaba Marine Commission, said over the phone that he was parasailing in Aqaba, accompanied by a trainer when he touched the water surface with his feet once the balloon went low enough.

“Apparently, the move provoked the sharks, especially since it is breeding season,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) told Al-Ghad that special teams conducted a sweep of the marine area but found no signs of sharks.

However, a marine expert told Jordan News on condition of anonymity that the kind of shark that attacked Abbadi was a Mako Shark, which is a migrating shark that might be found in deep waters in the Red Sea, above 700 meters. 

Mohammad Qatawneh from the Aqaba International Dive Center had told Jordan News that shark attacks in the Gulf of Aqaba are rare.

“The shark attack garnered a lot of media attention. Truthfully, it scared a lot of people, but this is something that can take place anywhere,” Qatawneh said. “In Karak for example, there are snakes and scorpions. … but in the end, they’re not dangerous enough to scare people away. … I’ve been diving for 20 years, this is the first I’ve heard of a shark attack.”

“There are many types of sharks,” he added. “We have reef sharks, guitar sharks, and many other types but none are dangerous.”

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