My thoughts on the hunt and kill of ‘killer great white shark’
A few days ago there was an incident off the coast of western Austraila where a 24 year-old surfer was killed by a great white shark, resulting from a currently unexplained increase in numbers of the apex predator which reside in the surrounding waters during this time of year.
This very unfortunate and sad incident has led to a partly understandable but unruly and sad ‘neanderthalic’ response by local residents, a hunt and kill of this particular shark named Brutus.
Although I can, to a degree, see why this response may be deemed acceptable for future safety of beach-goers and water sports enthusiasts I can’t help jump to the defence of this truly wonderful creature. At the end of the day this species has been around a hell of a lot longer than us humans and quite frankly has more of a right to venture freely in the ocean than us. It is a crying shame that the vast majority of people believe that sharks are purposefully hunting humans and some how harbour a blood thirsty vendetta against us, when this couldn’t be anymore further from the truth, though I could hardly blame them if it were true!
The west coast of Australia has a notorious reputation for common shark attacks, amounting to an average of 1 incident a year. Therefore it should go without saying that any activity in which an attack is possible should be carried out at the own risk of the individual and such misplaced retaliation should not be warranted, especially when the animal in question is under a protected status.
It is clear that further research into the migratory patterns and life history strategies of this animal is required rather than the selfish and miss guided slaughter of each individual which happens to mistake a surfer for food.