The beach is packed with notices to warn the sharks' presence, but it doesn't put the people off from going in the water. Most of the shark attacks in Recife are fatal, because the most aggressive species of sharks, known as the bull sharks are seen here.
The industrial pollution in the city is destroying the natural barrier of the sea and with it the sharks habitat; they are coming closer and closer to the shore for the search of food. The local authorities have hired a state-funded investigative team and they are trying to reduce the danger from the sharks at the sea shore.
Andre Ferraz, Deputy Commander of Recife Sea Rescue said in this AFP video, “Clear solution is prevention, the priority as an environmentalist is to demystify the negatives of shark. And show people that this animal is fundamental for the preservation of our marine ecosystem.”
The efforts of the local authorities seems to be working and the number of attacks from 2001 have been reduced three fold.