Tourists on Brazil’s Recife beaches don’t run from sharks: they look for them

A selfie with flags and danger warnings, a printed T-shirt, a fridge magnet or a key ring in the shape of a shark share space in Brazil's tourist city of Recife, where a growing number of tourists flock to its beaches in search of sharks.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Shark attacks on the urban beaches of Recife - Boa Viagem, Piedade and Candeias - have been occurring with some frequency for the past 3 decades, but despite authorities' warnings and bans, the number of curious tourists is on the rise.

Most of the attacks, including the last 2 in July, occurred near the church in the Piedade neighborhood, a Carmelite chapel built practically on the seashore in the municipality of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, which borders Recife and is close to the international airport.

Attacks began to be registered since 1992, but the first one of which . . .

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