Boa Viagem Beach – Brazil
Brazil is renowned for its beaches — and Boa Viagem is one of the best. Located in sprawling Recife, this is one of the most visited stretches of sand on the country’s picturesque northeastern coast.
Offshore, there’s a vast reef that calms the waves and helps to keep the shimmering waters warm. But those taking a dip are also exposing themselves to great danger. The trouble here is the Tiger Sharks. These haven’t always posed a problem, but attacks have become commonplace since the super-sized Suape Port was built just along the coast in 1990.
Construction disturbed the natural balance beneath the waves – causing the local shark population to head elsewhere. Nowadays, these great predators patrol the inviting waters off Boa Viagem – and those splashing about are in constant danger. In fact, the tiger shark is reported to be responsible for a large share of fatal shark-bite incidents, and is therefore considered one of the most dangerous shark species*. Unlike great white sharks, considered highly dangerous, tiger sharks are not likely to swim away after biting a human, so watch out!