Whale carcass ‘heroes’ should be prosecuted

2015-08-27 06:01

I FIND it rather disturbing to see the “heroic” coverage the Umkomaas Dive Operators are receiving after anchoring a whale carcass close to the backline of Widenham beach. Chuck Norris would have been proud of them, but as for the other much larger ocean user groups, we are not impressed.

What gives Emil Pirzenthal, of Aliwal Shoal Adventures, Walter Bernadis of African water sports, the right to take control of drifting carcass four kilometres out to sea, tow it in shore and anchor it so close to one of the top and busiest surfing breaks in KwaZulu-Natal? The slick from this carcass was also reported to have stretched right through to Scottsburg main bathing beach - what were you guys thinking?

Surely Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who is the authority in respect of the whales, should be taking these individuals to task for their actions. After all they have guilt in writing, supported with videos and photos. including riding on a great White Dorsal, which itself is another illegal action.

Do these dive operators really think that we believe all their stories about saving sharks from nets and stopping carcass stranding on beach? This illegal action was carried out for one reason, so they could line their pockets with money.

By the way, you have not proven that sharks do not eat humans. Those sharks were so gorged with whale blubber that even if they wanted to eat you they wouldn’t have been able to.

Maybe you should do some research on shark attacks. You will notice that in the past few years there has been a spike in shark attacks all over the world, which makes your theory about sharks not eating people even more laughable. Legal action must be taken against these loose cannons.

Local surfer

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