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Sharks versus Rhinos

25 March 2014, 08:34
Its tragic another person has died as a result of a shark attack at Port St Johns. The question is, what is the correct way to deal with this problem.

A possible solution is shark nets. Shark nets are however extremely destructive to the ecology of the ocean. There are many poor people living on the Transkei coast who depend heavily on the sea for nutrition. Should we risk the food source of people in order to protect those who want to use the sea for leisure only. Shark nets don't prevent sharks coming to shore anyway, they are staggered, there are gaps between them. The idea of shark nets is more to reduce shark numbers than keep sharks out. Off a large river mouth with discoloured water, sharks will come inshore during the day anyway, so there will possibly still be attacks.

Perhaps swimming should just be totally banned unless the water is really clean. Swimmers may just be swimming due to ignorance in dirty water, prime shark "attack" water. (They say attack, but in reality the sharks just have a taste of what they find in the water, but they have big mouths and teeth!)

One suggestion by a commentor (Gwilym John Howes) was that sharks should simply be exterminated. I hope this is just due to ignorance of ecology, most know that sharks are apex predators, and the risks involved in removing them could be catastrophic to our fish stocks. Humans need to eat fish, there are lots of us, we can't risk our futures to protect humans who want to swim in the sea for fun. I'm not happy to starve to death to protect what some people do for fun.

I mentioned rhino's, this is why. I can assure you humans will carry on existing quite happily without rhino's. We cannot carry on without sharks. So in terms of conservation, sharks are a lot more important than rhinos, the only reason we would rather protect rhino is that they don't bite us. White Rhino are bulk grazers, if they are removed there are plenty of Buffalo to do the job they do. Sharks are apex predators, take them out and nothing is there to replace them. Result, collapse of a system we heavily depend on.

Just to clarify, I certainly also believe it will be a tragedy if rhinos are exterminated. As humans we should care for all species, we have terminated too many, and I do believe we will one day, as a species, be made to pay dearly for this travesity against the planet we depend on for survival. 

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