Outcry After Fatal Shark Attack

Residents worried by film crew's chumming

Residents of Cape Town, South Africa, are calling on the crew of the television show Shark Men to stop production after a great white fatally attacked a champion bodyboarder on Thursday. Residents are concerned that the crew's practice of chumming has drawn more sharks to the area and may have precipitated the death of David Lillenfeld, 20, who died after a great white severed his leg at the hip. Following the attack, South Africa's environmental authorities immediately pulled the crew's research permits. In a note on Facebook, filmmaker Chris Fischer called news of Lillenfeld's death "tragic," but said that his team had used less chum than any of the three cage diving boats working in the area. National Geographic, which previously broadcast Shark Men, said it had not renewed the show for another season.

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