Great White Sharks Jumping
October 27, 2011 by staff
Great White Sharks Jumping, It was a bit like a scene from Jaws. As a frantic search for a shark movie murderer in Hollywood, armed to the teeth rose WA fisheries authorities in their boats to Rottnest Island on Sunday to hunt and kill the beast that killed a U.S. diver 32 years of age.
Never mind that was 24 hours after the attack and that the most likely culprit was miles away.
Or that scientific advice is that the sacrifice of animals will not reduce the risk of further attacks.
Someone had seen a fin in the water the day after the attack and WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore was determined to act upon the sighting.
For the first time in the history of WA, Mr Moore issued a ministerial exemption allowing great white sharks to be hunted. He gave the order to trap and kill the rogue shark just an hour after George Thomas Wainwright was taken tragically on Saturday while snorkeling.
After all, was the third fatal shark attack off the coast in two months.
But what the numbers really?
According to the Shark Attack File in Australia, in June 2009 had been 24 fatal shark attacks in the last 20 years throughout Australia.
In contrast, nine people drowned in WA surfing last year, the same number as last year.
In the past 50 years, there was a fatal shark attack in Australian waters each year on average compared with traffic deaths kill four people a week.
Should we build a wall to stop the deadly wave attack on our way of life? What we throw away the car keys?
South Australia Research and Development Institute Huveneers shark ecologist Charlie says shark attacks are still very rare with a low probability of occurrence.
“There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the short period of time between the recent attacks is a reflection of increased population size of white sharks,” said Dr. Huveneers.
“It could simply be related to seasonal fluctuation in the number of white sharks in specific areas and that white sharks, of course, could be more often occur along the coast WA populated at this time of year.”
Mr. Moore miscalculated sense of community in the slaughter of sharks threatening if the results of an online survey are anything to go by.
PerthNow The survey shows most respondents – or 1453 compared with 778 voters – do not support the decision to hunt and kill sharks Rottnest responsible for the attack.
A survey PerthNow street echoed the opinion anti-kill.
After all, the great white sharks are a protected species vulnerable to extinction.
Mr. Moore’s Department website says: “Many people are afraid of sharks, but sharks have more to fear from humans. His long life cycles and small litters means that many species are highly vulnerable to overfishing and take long time to recover if stocks run out. The results of conservation efforts may not be evident for many decades. ”
And the Federal government website for Environment said: “The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve migratory species, terrestrial, marine and avian whole range .
“In 2002 the Government of Australia listed the great white shark in Appendices I and II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).”
I want to know is how the authorities are going to be able to find the shark responsible.
After all, how detect a target of a murderer who has never threatened a human being?
Or was the alarmist overreaction style 1970 only a policy of double scoring point by a government that says one thing and preach another?
I think the purpose of hunting and killing was more about politics than practical.
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