The tiger shark responsible for killing a tourist on an Egyptian beach was sighted three days before the “frenzied” attack.
Diving groups claim to have sighted the same “crazy” 10-foot animal stalking the coast further down the Red Sea before Thursday’s killing.
Vladimir Popov, 23, of Russia, was killed by a “meat grinder” shark off the Red Sea coast of Hurghada on Thursday.
Tourists watched in horror as Popov was dragged under the water by the killer animal, and witnesses said his lifeless body was toyed with for two harrowing hours.
The deadly shark was then dragged ashore by fishermen and bludgeoned to death in a brutal revenge attack.
A veteran local diver, Sameh Mshaly, told dive groups on social media they had sighted the “angry” shark three days earlier.
Mshaly said a tiger shark of “the same specs and size” was spotted lurking near shore in another Red Sea resort town of Marsa Alam.
The divers reported that the shark ate fins, but this seemed “quite normal”.
“What definitely happened to him is that he went insane,” Mshaly mused.
The diver then explained that the tiger shark is a “very fierce species but rarely attacks and large sharks are usually safer than the small and inexperienced ones.”
“We say again that the shark was ANGRY,” he wrote.
He has also claimed that shark attacks in the area due to cattle boats occur at the same time every year.
He wrote on Facebook, “The shark that attacked the tourist was furious, its diet and natural feeding behavior disrupted by these cattle boats.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, Essam Omaria, confirmed this The National that this might be the case.
He explained that shark behavior changes significantly when food and waste are discharged from ships, which is particularly common in the Red Sea region.
Popov’s helpless father Yury has told how he watched from the shore as his son frantically yelled “Dad, Daddy” as the predator chased him.
The distraught father saw his son being mauled by a shark at the resort “in 20 seconds”.
He told local news sources: “We went to the beach to relax. My son was attacked by a shark, everything happened within seconds.”
“This meat grinder happened in 20 seconds, it just got pulled under the water.”
The shocked dad added: “This is an absolutely ridiculous coincidence as it’s a safe beach.”
“There are ships and yachts nearby. That has never happened there. They usually attack on wild beaches. It’s just kind of an evil fate.”
After the attack, footage shows the beast being pulled out of the sea in a net in a small boat before being dumped on the beach and brutally beaten.
In the brutal video, the shark appears to be alive as it wriggles in the sand as a group of men beat it with clubs.
Egypt’s Environment Ministry has confirmed that the shark’s carcass has been handed over to marine researchers for an autopsy to study the cause of its “abnormal” behaviour.
The researchers will also examine whether the shark has killed before and whether human remains can be found inside.
They also want to find out if the shark is related to one that “has caused several previous accidents.”
Today 46 miles of Red Sea beaches have been closed amid fears of more attacks on beachgoers.
Authorities in Hurghada said the sea was closed until Sunday and swimming, snorkeling and other water sports were banned.