Published on Friday, October 28, 2011

Bull shark identifed following Seychelles attack

DNA evidence has revealed that British honeymooner Ian Redmond was killed in the Seychelles by a bull shark.

A tooth from the beast was found embedded in the IT consultant's leg and sent to the US for analysis after the tragic attack in August, reports the Daily Mail.

Experts feared that Mr Redmond, 30, had been mauled by a great white but a genetics expert in Florida has now discovered a crucial DNA 'barcode' and informed the Seychelles government that the killer fish was a bull shark.

The discovery indicated that Mr Redmond, from Lancashire, was killed by the same type of animal as Frenchman Nicolas Virolle, 32, who had also died while swimming 16 days earlier.

A communique from marine managers to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy said: “We can now focus our attention on studying the biology and movements of the species in Seychelles waters to help local managers prevent future incidences.”

By Diane Evans

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