Animal Rights

Shark Kills Brit Ian Desmond on Honeymoon; Bride Watches in Horror

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Horror for a newlywed British couple honeymooning on the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles --  the husband was attacked and killed by a shark as his bride stood by and watched helplessly.

According to a report in The Telegraph, 30-year-old Ian Desmond was snorkeling just 30-feet from shore Tuesday when the six-foot shark attacked.

His wife, Gemma Houghton, 27, was sunbathing on the beach when she heard her husband's cries for help.

"That's my husband," she screamed.

"We saw a dinghy pulling a man from the water," an American tourist said. "I saw the swimmer, who was missing a huge chunk of flesh from his left leg, so much so that I could see the bone of his thigh. He was sickeningly pale, but still had his flippers on both feet."

By the time he reached the hospital, Desmond had lost too much blood and doctors could not save him.

This is the second fatal shark attack in the area this month. Such attacks are rare -- they are the first fatal attacks in the waters of the island nation in 50 years.

Shark hunters are on their way to the island to look for what experts are calling the "rogue" shark which is patrolling the waters for food.

Officials ordered the beaches closed until the shark can be found.