1 day ago
#Repost of very well said blunt remarks by fellow shark researcher #RileyElliot @thelifeofrileynz
Australia government you need to pull your head in when it comes to sharks.
It is not okay to go out and kill innocent wild animals after a shark attack/s.
These events are yes, of course, so tragic and traumatic, not only for those directly involved but also the peripheral communities. But wtf, you cannot justify catching and killing random sharks the following days.
The image above is a screen grab from @juansharks with underwater cameraman and film maker Mike Bhana, in back, and myself and @oceanramsey doing our bit, to stand up for innocent sharks being killed in such a way last time, during the WA shark cull. The public stood up against it also, so did the scientists, as much as the local ones could, while being politically gagged due to funding. Even the mother of one of the victims in WA stood up and said this isn't what her son would have wanted.
We swam this baby tiger left for dead,back to life, to make sufficient noise to get our point across.
My question is, what are you doing to make yours heard?
If you are an Aussie, you need to stand the F up. If you are a famous Aussie, you more than anyone need to use your voice. If you're not an Aussie, then tell an Aussie to stand the F up.
Shitty and stupid decisions by your government won’t stop by themselves. Clearly this is wrong. Stand up against wrong. Speak up against the ignorant, cruel, and wasteful reactions.
I am NOT saying we should not acknowledge the tragedy of attacks. I sympethise hugely for the family and victims. What I say above is because I know that science has proven, that random killing of sharks doesn't work. We need to encourage actual risk mitigating policy. We need to learn more about these animals in order to reduce our personal risk when we play in their yard.
We cannot, as I always say, "kill lions so we can play tennis in the Savannah" at Australia