fdvj wrote:It is an attempt to get the numbers of Euros wintering in W.A down, just look at the oz forum and all they do is winge about the tourists.
Yeh there is some truth to this, but but, there is actually a real statistically defined rising problem here. There is no one reason as I see it, the ecosystem is a complex web of interactions.
Over fishing coupled by GWS protection, and no whaling ( they follow the whale migration), not sure about the cage diving, not sure there is much of that over here, and the massive increase in population due to the mining boom as more people in the water.
So maybe some are trying to scare off euros, but the fact is, there are more shark attacks and more importantly than that, shark sightings nearly every day. ( a function of population and the fact that it is high in the public domain psyche ). But anecdotally through even the surfing and kiting community I am hearing about sightings more and more. As I said nearly every day.
But I agree that you decide to go in the water and take the risks. I will accept that. But I tell you hands down, if a GWS took my son or daughter i would buy a big fucken boat and smoke as many as I could. Like a Rambo shark hunter. Lol. What I mean is ( obvioulsy just making a point i couldnt see myself really buying a big ass boat) there is a personal sorry behind this.
They are a threat to human life. I always laugh at the person looking through the paradigm of a modern conservationist lense, living in safe non predatory WA. I bet ya have used spray to kill a few redback spiders around ya place, same thing, it is part of an ecosystem. Yeh sorry I see your points but I also think you are full of shit, and need to realize that human life is at risk.
It's like the tree hugged I knew, who was a full on save the tree dude, yet lived in claremont(rich suburb in Perth) and drove a Sarb convertible. You have all gone bloody soft and have never had your life at risk. Human life must come first or you must never kill another creature that is a danger ever again. Good luck with that.