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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. […]

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 […]

Aquarium Bursts in Chinese Shopping Center, Sharks Die

Sky News (London) reported today that “three lemon sharks and dozens of small fishes and turtles were killed” on December 19 when an aquarium in the Orient Shopping Centre in Shanghai, China, burst. According to a United Press International report, “the aquarium had a previous accident in June when a water pipe broke. Two sharks […]

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 […]

The Value of a Selective Memory

Just my luck. We finally have video of a superfluous human being pulled into the water by a shark and he doesn’t get treated like a hot dog in the hands of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. My solution is going to be to remember what happened differently. In his voice-over for the video provided above, Good […]

Bait Ball Offers Sardine Surprise

I’m thrilled to direct your attention to a South African Press Association report (“U.S. diver mauled by shark in KZN”) whose lede reads: “A research diver from the United States was mauled by a shark off the Rocky Bay coast near Durban on Tuesday, Netcare 911 said.” The report tells us that the diver was […]

Daniel Webb Reacts Appropriately to Shark Bite

In a photograph taken Sunday at the Jupiter Medical Center, Daniel Webb can be seen smiling and giving the “hang-ten” hand sign as he shows off the shark bite he’d just received. “The first thought is: I got bit by a shark,” an appropriately excited Mr. Webb tells WPTV reporter Liz Flynn in the video […]