Sunday, March 15, 2009

Despicable!


Some morons have killed a Tiger Shark.

That in itself is certainly sad - but shit happens and it may have been in perceived self-defense.
Not very likely considering the "circumstances" as told - but possible.

What has really angered me and countless others within the Shark Community is the ensuing media spectacle: and lemme tell you, when the story even makes it onto the venerable "Fiji Times", someone has pulled every possible marketing stop!

In retrospect and with that in mind, the whole event appears staged and questions like "why didn't they jump into their boat and leave" or " wouldn't the Shark have left once shot for the first time" are more than justified, along with ethical concerns about the countless pictures of the diver stabbing the animal with his knife and then posing with the tail and jaws. The way I understand it, it goes against everything serious free divers stand for, and that is a profound knowledge and respect for the Ocean.

Patric over there has addressed the whole shenanigans first in this post and then, in this op ed.
The latter is as good as is gets, well worth reading and reflecting about - and you may want to read the comments by many prominent advocates of Shark Conservation.
Bravo Patric!

1 comment:

Shark Diver said...

Thanks Mike,

As I email someone yesterday from GB:

Seemed my response to this opened a can of Wolfgang, regional egos, with a side of misdirected anger.

Never underestimate the power of the image to get peoples attention. Now if that attention goes towards something useful for sharks, only time will tell.