If you see a sign that says "Danger: Risk of Shark Attack" you should take heed.
A relaxing beach day turned deadly for 51 year old Marcelo Rocha Santos after he had a couple of drinks with his buddies on the sands of Piedade Beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes in Northeastern Brazil. It is also known as the shark attack capital of the world.
According to Radar Online Santos and his friend, Glazier Ademir Sebastiao da Silva, went into the ocean to relieve their bladder. The surf became murky and tumultuous, making it difficult to see what was going on in the water. The two men proceeded into the sea and the lifeguard on duty did not stop them. We are unsure if the lifeguard even saw them. They were the only two in the water at that time.
While the men were urinating is when the shark attacked, ripping off Santos right hand completely and taking off a chunk of his right leg. The lifeguard couldn't stop the attack. Santos' friends dragged his limp, mangled body back to shore. A very bloody Santos collapsed on the beach, face down and unconscious. He was quickly rushed to the hospital but it was too late. He was pronounced dead.
The deadly encounter took place in an area that locals say have seen 12 shark attacks in the recent times. The construction of the Suape Port in 1992 reportedly disrupted local sharks breedinf and feeding patterns, which experts believe contributed to the 62 attacks, 25 of which were deadly, in the last 30 years. Shark attacks are said to be most common during this time of year, as the heavy rains brought about by the stifling summer heat make the ocean water particularly cloudy.
"I've been working no this beach for 25 years and witnessed a number of ferocious attacks. It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad." said a local snack seller.