At least three tiger sharks have been killed in the last week with response to shark attacks in the Whitsundays, Australia. We feel deeply for the families involved and also for our oceans sharks as we know with scientific evidence that culling will not resolve the issue at hand. Please read more about shark behaviour and mitigation protocols for adverse interactions via @oceanramsey @oneoceandiving
and continue to educate other #speakupforsharks
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from New Zealand Shark Scientist 🥝🦈 @thelifeofrileynz @thelifeofrileyNZ
// “Australia 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.
Shit don't happen by itself. Clearly this is wrong. Stand up for wrong.
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. // continued below...