Since the release of Jaws, people have been nervous about Great White Sharks. As the result of a number of shark attacks, the government may propose the shark is hunted down and killed. Do you think Great White Sharks should be killed?
I have noted an increase in the rate of attacks and believe that it time we took action against this threat to our safety.
Working and recreation diving in the same environment as the these creatures for over 30 years I have observed the change in the behaviour of these killers I have come to the conclusion that it is time to reduce their numbers.
My experience with these creatures has lead me to believe that they migrate at the same time and on the same course every year.
It is likely that the same sharks are responsible for attacking humans. These particular sharks have identified us as a potential source of food and will repeat the behaviour each year.
I think the Colin Barnett has made a fair decision when he released his policy.
To take the next step I would urge him to investigate adventure shark cage encounters developed in the tourist industry both in Australia and Africa. Is it possible that this industry is contributing to the problem by encouraging sharks to interact with humans and identify them as a source of food? Are sharks are encouraged to interact with the tourist by the process of baiting? Could it be possible that it is the same sharks approaching humans further in their migration that are responsible for the attacks? My memory of diving with these creatures many ago was that they were always scary but they did not attack as often.
Sharks are beautiful creatures to observe swimming in their own environment and they do have a right to live but we must realise that humans have stewardship of this planet and need to manage the threat to our own species. The financial impact to the broader tourism industry in Australia is an even bigger issue that needs to be managed.
I know Great Whites are tagged, and that have tracked some of them from South Africa to Perth. However, Great Whites by nature do not attack humans because they see them as prey. They often confuse them with things like seals. I do not believe that should be killed.
More people are killed by bees each year in Australia than sharks. but I se no bee cull! In fact bush fires, rip tides, cyclones, motorcycles and cars do far more damage than sharks ever will. It's a fact that if you go into the sea you are going into shark territory in Australia. EVERYONE should be aware of this and take precautions. Like not swimming alone. It's ridiculous to think that killing a few/many sharks will do anything. It's just a stupid PR exercise by the Abbott government so some stupid people think they are actually doing something
May as well run a forum for sharks and ask if they think humans who are in their territory should be killed. If we venture into their habitat ,knowing the risks. we are ourselves responsible for our own actions.
No. You choose to enter their habitat; the same as you choose to cross a street. Are we going to cull negligent drivers too? There is more of them than there is of known man eating sharks; and, more to the point, how do you know you have the right shark? Or do you kill them all until you are satisfied you have the right "killer" (doing what comes naturally, of course). Everyone knows you don't swim early morning or evening when it's their feeding time, so why do it?
Only if they are to be eaten! and their skins used to make shoes.
I do not agree with killing Sharks in case they chomp a 'water-user' (eg:surfer), no matter how unlucky it was for that person - which then becomes a revenge issue.
Humans are much more dangerous to everyone and everything than a shark!
There are certainly more humans requiring and justifying culls, than sharks, which do not travel on public transport or drive cars irresponsbly.
The sharks only eat us as they are hungry, if they liked eating us then they would be swimming up and down the beach waiting for us to go for a swim. We humans have depleted their natural food sources by recreational and profesional fishing. We should,
1 trim their numbers to keep it all in balance,
2 reduce fishing within 10 km of beaches we use so they are not so hungry and have other things to eat,
3 do something about the ever increasing number of humans, so the planets resourses will not be depleted by the ever increasing human population with its ever increasing consumption, enchroachment on land and in the oceans. Fences are becoming a means of keeping humans out of the animals space, the opposite of what our ancestors had to do. Even Perth is spreading out with bush and farmland being turned into housing estates which need even more resourses consumed to support and maintain them. Which means even more weekend fishermen from the expanding population removing part of the food chain. The sharks are just a small example of this human population problem which increases constantly. Yes at a light cull of the sharks as they are not on the edge of extinction like some posts above are suggesting.
Can we sue the save the shark people if one of our family or friends gets eaten?
Absolute silly question!! Lets just wipe the human population off the earth - then all problems solved!
I saw a photo of a diver and a great white in Two Oceans aquarium. The heading read: "The most dangerous killing machine on earth... next to it a great white swimming gracefully through the ocean" (or something like that)...
Great question! I think that it's a grey area. Sharks that have attacked should be killed. Excess sharks possibly should be killed if they're likely to harm humans. By the same token, people shouldn't be swimming in known shark waters. Tough one!