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Category Archives: Shark Bites

Identify, Boycott Tourism-Driven Businesses that Support Western Australia Shark Cull

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has reported that a fatal shark attack on Saturday claimed the life of a man who was spearfishing in waters off Yorke Peninsula, in South Australia. The incident — a measure of karmic retribution, I’d like to think — should be viewed as an example of an extremely rare occurrence […]

Western Australia Shark Cull is a Greed-Driven, Savage Solution to a Nonproblem

A state-sponsored shark cull in Western Australia claimed its first victim on Sunday. According to a report in The Australian, “a commercial fisherman hired by the Barnett government pulled a 3m female tiger shark from the waters off Meelup Beach. As the animal thrashed about in the water in apparent agony, it was shot four times […]

Western Australia Shark Cull Reminds Us Which is the Most Dangerous of All Species

Yesterday, protesters in Western Australia and across the country gathered on the moral high ground to voice their horrified outrage at a formally declared War on Sharks that will continue at least through April. The “cull” — an uninspired euphemism for “state-sanctioned slaughter” — is ostensibly being carried out in the interest of public safety. […]

Hawaii Shark Attack an Opportunity to Relinquish Desire for Control

When Patrick Briney set off in a kayak on Monday to haul fish from their natural habitats in waters off Maui, he had to know there was a chance — however infinitesimal — that he’d die as a result of an encounter with a shark. And that’s just what happened, according to Hawaii News Now and […]

Small-Minded Bureaucrat Promises Retribution After Reunion Shark Attack

A thoughtless politician in Réunion has issued an execution order for the shark who recently killed a teenager in the waters off the French island. According to a News Limited Network report that appeared in the Herald Sun (Australia), among other publications, “Reunion’s chief minister, Jean-Luc Marx, has launched a hunt for the shark responsible […]

New Zealand Filmmaker, Great White Killed in Shark Attack

Despite everything we know about the infrequency with which fatal shark “attacks” occur, we just can’t help reacting like vengeful ocean police when such an incident does take place. Such was the case last Wednesday, when Adam Strange, a New Zealand-based filmmaker, inadvertently swam into the path of sharks who were looking for a meal […]

After Cape Cod Shark Attack, Manage Humans, not Seals

Christopher Myers’ recent encounter with a shark in waters off Cape Cod has led to all the usual conversations about what we could and should be doing to keep swimmers safe. Myers was bodyboarding with his son J.J. on Monday when he was bitten by what Dr. Greg Skomal, a biologist with the Massachusetts Department […]

White Shark Protection Questioned After Western Australia Attack

In October 2011, after George Thomas Wainwright was “killed in an apparent encounter with a white shark in the waters off Rottnest Island, not far from Perth, Australia,” as I wrote at the time, “local authorities decided immediately to avenge Mr. Wainwright’s untimely death — and to kiss the ass of the local tourism industry.” […]

Crocodile — or Shark — Attack in Northern Australia Leaves Scuba Diver Dead

As is so often the case, my celebration of a successful animal-on-human attack has been muted, as bloodthirsty, vengeful “authorities” hunt down the alleged, offending beast. “A Cairns barge captain has been killed in an apparent crocodile attack in waters off the Cape York peninsula,” according to an Australian Associated Press report in The Sydney […]

Hunt is On After Fatal Shark Attack off Australia

After reading news reports of 32-year-old George Thomas Wainwright being killed in an apparent encounter with a white shark in the waters off Rottnest Island, not far from Perth, Australia, I feel an obligation to chastise local authorities for their efforts to catch and execute the offending beast. I also feel compelled to admonish those […]