SHOULD WE KILL THE SHARK?
“What good is it going to do killing the shark,” asks Joshua Luke.
“Sharks are wild creatures trying to survive in their natural habitat. When we enter that habitat, we do so at our own risk.” Anna Read
“No surfer I know would ever want a shark destroyed.” Emma G-Force
“How do they know if they get the right shark? Or will they continue to kill them until they do… I say no!” Gayl Deveney
That’s the overwhelming sentiment of The Hoopla’s Facebook community when asked yesterday if there should be a “search and destroy mission” for the five-metre white pointer shark that is said to have killed surfer Ben Linden in WA.
Ben Linden. Photograph via Facebook.
Ben was surfing with a mate about 100 metres from shore, four kilometres south of Wedge Island, on Saturday when he was attacked by what was described as a ”massive” white pointer at about 9am.
The 24-year-old is the fifth person killed by a shark off WA’s coast in less than a year, sparking calls today by the West Australian Fisheries Minister Norman Moore that the Great White should lose their protected status. He plans to discuss the issue with the Federal Government.
While such a change would not mean sharks would be purposely culled, it would allow fishermen to catch them, he said in WA Today.
Mr Moore said to have five fatalities in WA was unprecedented and “cause for great alarm”, and overturning the existing protection of the species may reduce numbers.
“Regrettably people are being taken by sharks in numbers that have never been seen before, now we need to try and work out to the best of our capacity what is causing this to happen,” he said.
In the meantime, WA’s Fisheries Department has been unsuccessful in finding the shark that killed Ben Linden and admits the odds of finding the right creature are slim.
So, what do you think? Should sharks lose their protected status? Should we seek to destroy the shark that killed Ben Linden?
If Ben was your son, brother, boyfriend… would you still think the same?