Circulating pictures of Egyptian fishermen with sharks in the Max area in the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria Governorate, northern Egypt, caused a sensation.
The pioneers of communication circulated pictures of fishermen holding small sharks that they managed to catch during a fishing trip near the shores of Alexandria, which sparked terror, especially since the incident comes days after a shark devoured a Russian tourist in the waters of the Red Sea.
The authorities urgently denied the existence of sharks in Alexandria, said Mohamed Abdel Razek, head of the Central Administration for Tourism and Resorts.
It was contacted with the sheikhs of fishermen, divers, and specialists who confirmed that these fish are not found on the beaches, and that they are found in the Mediterranean Sea in general and very far from the beaches.
For his part, Ashraf Zureik, the head of the Fishermen’s Syndicate in Alexandria, said in statements to “Al-Masry Al-Youm” newspaper that what is being circulated about finding a small shark on the shores of western Alexandria, specifically in El-Max Beach, is not true at all, stressing that he contacted the fishermen and they denied the matter.
He added that the fishermen catch daily a shark-like fish called the Mastoula, which is a species authorized to be caught, adding that the shark lives at certain depths and requires providing it with a specific marine environment, which is not found in the Mediterranean.
The captain of the fishermen said: It may happen at any time to find a shark, and in this case it is an immigrant and came to the Mediterranean sea lost and not a settler, where he was hit by a commercial boat, which is fishing in the sea, and thus he was subjected to fainting until reaching the shore.
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