Local fishermen catch 300 kg Tiger shark in Aqaba


Published: 2018-02-22 10:50

Last Updated: 2024-04-17 11:25

The shark was killed by the local fishermen. (Roya)
The shark was killed by the local fishermen. (Roya)

You might want to be careful the next time you swim in the deep blue sea of Aqaba; there could be visiting sharks lurking in its waters.

Local fishermen on Wednesday caught a Tiger Shark in the Jordanian port city, measuring four-meters-long and weighing around 300 kg, according to Al Ghad newspaper.

The ocean predator was caught using a basic fishing net.

Tiger sharks are the second most dangerous sharks, behind the White shark, in the number of reported attacks on humans, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Jordanian marine expert Mohammad Al Towah told Roya that very few people are aware of the danger those fish pose on humans. He added that Jordan has signed an international agreement prohibiting the fishing of these species of fish, which are not indigenous to Aqaba.

Despite Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) Director Abdullah Abu Awali also warning fishermen against hunting sharks in 2015 - after a local fisherman caught a three-meter-long shark and displayed it on the beach - the Tiger shark caught on Wednesday was killed, and was pictured bleeding on the beach.

Luckily for locals and tourists in Aqaba, Abu Awali told The Jordan Times that “I believe the last shark attack in Aqaba was in the 1970s.”