Shark Attack in Dubai?

| posted on January 28, 2010

Satellite view of Dubai's Umm Suqeim Beach.

Satellite view of Dubai's Umm Suqeim Beach. Photo: Google Maps


As surfers, when we hear about shark attacks, a few likely locales come to mind. Northern California. Western Australia. New Smyrna.

But, Dubai?

On January 27, 2010 Michael Geraghty, 54, of Sydney, Australia, was bitten while surfing at Umm Suqeim beach in Dubai. “I felt something yank me from the board,” Geraghty told 7DAYS Newspaper. “When I looked around I could see there was a lot of blood, but I didn’t feel anything at first. I assumed I’d caught my leg on some floating debris or junk.”

Geraghy was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed the cut across Geraghty’s foot was a shark bite. Luckily, after a few stitches Geraghty was on his way.

Shark attacks are already uncommon, but in Dubai they’re relatively non-existent – especially as the Gulf Aden and Arabian waters are heavily fished with shark fins frequently being sold to Asian Markets for upwards of $200 per pound. But sharks are a resilient bunch, and the occasional hammerhead, bull, or tiger still pops up in local waters. -Soren Heil

  • Mark griffiths

    i am glad the surfer is ok. Its just a shame sharks get so much bad press. you are more likely to be hit by lightening then attacked by a shark. yet shark attacks are still all over the media. Sharks are getting killed all over the world at a dramatic rate.I think sharks are amazing creatures and was luckily enough to see a hammerhead close up in Hawaii in 2006 i must admit i was terrified but amazed at its speed and splendour as it glided through the water after a turtle.Sharks will always think that surfers are seals as from underneath as we paddle we look like one of its favourite food. Most shark attacks are caused by mistaken identity and due to all of our overfishing in the worlds seas we sometimes get caught up in the food chain.

  • CJ

    Watch SharkWater.. best movie made by the shark Pimp..
    not one record of a hammerhead ever attacking a human.. I heard that and couldn’t believe..

    yea, there are shark attacks, but very few.. and glorified by the press…

    sharkwater will explain all ..