Bus-Sized Shark Eats Cape Town Tourist

Witnesses watch in horror as skindiver disappears in jaws
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2010 1:44 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2010 6:29 AM CST
A great white shark larger than this one attacked a man in chest-high water about to go snorkling off a Capetown beach.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A great white shark "bigger than a minibus" ate a tourist about to skindive off a Cape Town beach as stunned onlookers watched, helpless to save the man. Zimbabwe visitor Lloyd Skinner's diving goggles and a patch of blood were all that remained. "That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge," a witness told the Guardian. Skinner was adjusting his goggles in chest-high water when the shark attacked, then returned to finish him off.

"We saw the shark come back twice. It had the man's body in its mouth, and his arm was in the air. Then the sea was full of blood," said another swimmer. An increase in shark sightings in the popular holiday area has led to calls for an electronic alert system using shark spotters posted along the shore.
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