Does Israel Have Mind-Controlled Sharks?

The Sharm El Sheikh resort sits on the coast of the Red Sea at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in Egypt Over five days in December 2010, five tourists were attacked by oceanic whitetip sharks

One woman lost her right hand and left leg; another’s spine was bitten; a man needed his leg partly amputated The fifth victim was killed Sharks do not come near Sharm El Sheikh in the winter They are rarely seen in the summer months They very rarely attack humans

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In the last 430 years, there have been only nine recorded attacks by oceanic whitetip sharks Whitetips do not come so close to shore Egypt’s Tourism Minister said, “This is unnatural… We have no explanation” Captain Mustafa Ismail agrees the sharks were acting unnaturally – because they were controlled by Egypt’s enemy… Israel Does Israel Have MInd-Controlled Sharks? Sources: The Telegraph, Discover Magazine, BBC, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The New York Times, CNBC, Live Science, National Geographic Egyptian authorities caught two sharks after the first attacks: a 2

25 metre long, 150kg oceanic whitetip, and a 25 metre long, 250kg mako shark But experts compared photographs of sharks in the area before the attack to the captured sharks, and said they were not the culprits The final and fatal attack happened after this Mustafa Ismail says one of the killer sharks was captured in Eilat, the southernmost tip of Israel

The shark had a GPS device planted in its back In Ismail’s words, “Why would these sharks travel 4,000km and not have any accidents until they entered Sinai waters?” The regional governor, General Mohamed Abdel-Fadil Shousha, said the theory was not out of the question, and needed investigation Egypt and Israel have long had an uncomfortable relationship For twenty years after World War Two, they were essentially at constant war, with open conflicts in 1948, 1967 and 1973 Since the 1979 Peace Treaty, they have officially been partners

But it is often described as a “cold peace”, marked by political tensions, suspicion and border incidents The past casts a long shadow The shark attacks in 2010 had a harsh effect on Egypt’s tourist industry The Sharm El Sheikh beaches were closed several times When they reopened, western tourists avoided the beaches, threatening local businesses

Conspiracy theorists believe the attacks were targeted to hurt Egypt’s economy Surprisingly, remote controlled sharks are real In 2006, marine biologist Jelle Atema announced his project to put sharks under human control He explained that neural implants could steer the sharks by activating specific brain areas involved in sensing prey Electrodes in the shark would trick the shark’s nerves into sensing an odor trail in a certain direction

His work was funded by $600,000 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and overseen by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Officially, they planned to use the sharks as “stealth spies”, by attaching sensors or cameras to the animals Doctor Atema’s shark control project concluded in 2010 It is possible that the USA would share this technology with Israel The US has provided military aid to Israel for decades – in 2007, it signed a deal to give Israel $30 billion in military aid

In 2016, the government renewed the deal to cover the next decade, increasing the amount of aid to $38 billion This is at least three times more than it gives to any other country Most of that money gets spent on military hardware, like aircraft and missile defence Since the aid is provided on condition that the majority of it is spent on contracts with American companies, it is quite possible that Israel would buy the military technology to control sharks Israel, however, denies that it was behind the unusual shark attacks in Sharm El Sheikh

Instead, regional governor General Mohamed Abdel-Fadil Shousha now agrees there were other, exceptional circumstances that triggered the attacks Biologist George Burgess says the sharks were drawn to the shore by sheep carcasses that were dumped in the sea just a fortnight before the attacks The sheep remains were left over from the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, and dumping them in the sea is illegal Egypt asked an international team of experts to analyse the attacks, and they suggested the sharks were also attracted by local diving companies habitually feeding sharks to draw them in for tourist photos; and human overfishing depleting the sharks’ natural foodstock Furthermore, Doctor Atema’s research into controlling sharks was not entirely successful

By and large, sharks could not be controlled by the neural implants alone; the predators had to be trained too, and only some responded to training Atema used dogfish sharks for his studies, not oceanic whitetips The attacks themselves might not be that unusual Ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called oceanic whitetip sharks the most dangerous of sharks Although there are fewer than ten recorded attacks on humans, whitetips are actually responsible for more human fatalities than all other shark species combined, since they are the primary shark that preys on victims of shipwrecks and plane crashes

There is little evidence that Israel planned or executed the shark attacks against Egypt in 2010 There is little rationale for it, too, since Israel and Egypt are not only at peace, but growing slowly closer to each other Nevertheless, the science does exist that would enable a government to create remote-controlled sharks – and the technology is a lot closer to achieving that goal than we might assume It is likely that human activity drove and drew sharks to the shore, where they preyed on the only food available – us The question is, whether these deadly incidents will happen more often in the years to come, and whether they will be natural or man-made

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