Whilst it's tragic that another surfer has been killed by a great white at Gracetown in W.A we're now faced with the inevitable media frenzy and calls by some politicians and locals for the offending great white to be killed and others to be culled. This all needs to be put in perspective - we are entering the sharks domain and they don't deliberately seek out humans . As surfers we understand the risks every time we enter the water, however small, and am sure that any surfer that has been killed or mauled by a shark would be the last person to be calling for the shark to be killed. That's why i was quite surprised by Margaret River Boardriders Club president Tom Innes supporting a potential cull. Why is it that humans feel a need to kill any creature that causes a potential threat to us? Sharks, particularly Great Whites, are an important part the marine ecosystem. What we really need is a greater awareness and better understanding of shark behavior and try to minimize the risks- we all know that certain times of the day pose a greater risk and surfing near seal colonies. Most surfers will never even see a shark in their whole surfing life but there's probably numerous times when a shark has been in close proximity without us being aware of it.
Only seen 1 while surfing in the water in 30 yeras.
My leggy has been tugged numerous times by the unknown, let alone by other surfers..?
We are in their realm for sure but, bring back Vic he is right, I say.
vic...vic hislop ?
Do you mean Vic Hislop ? You must be kidding- That guy is a fruitloop - he's like those pathetic trophy hunters that go to Africa to shoot elephants/tigers etc.
Agree Vic was a cowboy and i certainly dont condon shark culls but seriously when theres a lot of attacks in a small area the question needs to be asked is there a rogue or two in that area and do they do the circuit every year?I think if you spot a big white nearby at the same time theres an attack you dont have to be einstein to put two and two together and action needs to be taken.
I don't remember hearing any large pointers sightings late 70s 80s in the margs area, can any older w.a. surfers from that area comment.
Do you really think sharks are pre-meditated killers? A human that intentionally kills another human gets maybe a 20 year prison sentence but a wild creature that is behaving naturally and mistakes a human for it's usual prey is given the death penalty? Is that the kind of system we should be condoning.
My comments here from another thread...http://www.swellnet.com/forums/wax/42826
Interesting quotes from this article yesterday http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-25/authorities-attempt-to-catch-shark-involved-in-fatal-attack/5114356
Tom Innes is calling for a cull but the paper has then grouped in the Margaret River Board Rider Club with him.. "The Margaret River Boardriders Club has called for a cull of all sharks over three metres as a result of the attack."
There are also a couple of other locals quoted at wanting a cull.
This debate comes up all the time but I reckon most surfers understand they're stepping into the sharks terriotry and hence take that risk on board.
To call for a cull just for out own selfish reasons is poor form I reckon.
Vic Peddemors, he has a lot to say about the marine apex predator.
Kill all the sharks, get rid of any localism, have the surf industry reformed to be commercially viable... Again. If it gets anymore sterile we might as well be surfing in a pool.