Previously here on BobinOz I have brought you many similar and scary posts. I don’t need to list them here, they are all featured on my page called…
But don’t click over to read that just yet, you can do it later. Today, I need to talk about…
Sharks and death in Australia
By and large, this is very much an update on information given previously. Well, not just an update, maybe a bit of a correction.
Previously I have been reporting in posts that there had been 11 shark deaths between 1958 and 2008 in Australia. I believe I got that figure from a very reliable source, it may have been the Shark Research Institute of Australia.
But a series of recent fatal attacks have made me relook at those figures, and my findings tell me they were wrong. Maybe I miss-read something.
Shark attacks: An update:
Shark attacks here in Australia appear to be on the increase, and there are three sharks responsible for the majority of the attacks.
- Tiger Shark
- Great White Shark
- Bull Shark
Trouble is, they all look like this…
Yes, to me, sharks all look the same.
Recently, Western Australia has suffered an unprecedented four fatal attacks in the last seven months; some are now describing the area as the most dangerous in the world for shark attacks.
Some are also suggesting there are now too many sharks in the sea. Others are saying the problem is that there are more humans swimming in the sea, which is why there are more attacks. Going back to my (possibly incorrect) figures for 1958 to 2008, for much of that period there really weren’t that many people about, so there would have been less attacks.
But I can tell you this. Since 2000 to today’s date, there have been 25 shark fatalities in Australia, that’s two a year.
But we have had 5 fatalities in 2011 and 2 already so far in 2012 in the first three months.
That signifies a significant rise!
Some people are calling for a cull, saying there are too many sharks around. Others say this is ridiculous, including the family of the latest victim who, incidentally, was 1.6 km out at sea emptying lobster pots.
As his family have said, he knew the risks and he was in their territory.
I think I agree; about the same number of people die each year from snake bite as they do from shark attack. The difference being, we don’t have to go into the sea.
There is always the swimming pool. We do have a choice.
Remember, it’s always best to swim between the flags; they do monitor the area for sharks as well as saving people who get into trouble.
On the bright side:
It is worth remembering that around 70% of all shark attack victims actually survive. Sharks like their prey to be easy, they don’t like being punched. That’s why they eat small fish.
People who are attacked naturally fight back, punching, kicking; even the old “poke in the eye” trick works. Sharks don’t like that, plenty more fish in the sea, as they say.
So if you find yourself facing the ultimate nightmare, fight!
The only thing I don’t really understand about this is, when there is a fatality, the authorities try to hunt down the shark responsible and kill it.
I can understand the reasoning behind putting down a domesticated dog for a violent attack; it’s always going to be a fair cop. He will still be in the back yard licking his lips.
But how do you find the shark responsible for an attack? And will killing it make the oceans safe again? Will it teach a lesson to the other sharks?
Anyway, now you can flick over and read all the other scary stuff….