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CULLING All Sharks!

Updated on November 5, 2012
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Peter Kurmann
Peter Kurmann | Source

'Sharky' Weather


As most native Australians are wont to do, Peter Kurmann, a 33-year-old experienced diver and daddy - disregarded the 'Sharky Weather' warning in favor of a regular diving date with his brother, Gian.

It was a fatal mistake!

He became the fourth victim in a gruesome series of shark attacks in what's becoming known as "the most dangerous waters in the world!"

You might hear an Aussie say something like: 'It's a 'sharky' day out today'. It means it's the type of weather that sharks tend to become very 'active' in - low, dark, cloud, windy, choppy waters...

It's the type of weather you may want to think twice about swimming in!

SHARKY Weather Sat. Mar. 31/2012
SHARKY Weather Sat. Mar. 31/2012 | Source
Sharks and Humans Don't Mix
Sharks and Humans Don't Mix | Source

Killer Waters


While as of yet unconfirmed, Fisheries experts have no doubt it is the work of a great white shark - the same species that killed the previous three victims. Bite mark measurements will confirm what all suspect.

It is estimated that the shark was over 4 meters long - or 13 feet.

His brother pulled his mutilated body to shore with the help of a nearby boat.

Miles of local beach were immediately closed while officials hunted the killer shark.

Subsequently, they have been re-opened as weather conditions made continuing the search unfeasible.

The shark has not been found.

Australia
Australia | Source
We Share the Planet - We Don't Own It!
We Share the Planet - We Don't Own It! | Source


There's Something Very Fishy Here!

Or...is there?

The 'unprecedented' number of shark attacks in this specific area over the past 2 years - has given it the infamous title of 'Deadliest Water in the World'!

The question is WHY?

While some are blaming the increased attacks on the fact that the Great White is a protected species - and therefore must be growing in numbers - authorities say it's just as likely to be an increase in human population and a surge in water play that's to blame.

Apparently, there is a direct correlation between the number of sharks in any given area - and the number of humans - and the population of S.W. Australia (Province of Perth) is not only growing faster than any other region of Australia , but - the number of people utilizing the water has also dramatically increased!

Shark Fin Soup
Shark Fin Soup | Source


Culling All Sharks?

Immediately after the attack, Ian Stubbs - the president of the city of Busselton - called for a 'culling' of the shark population.

His exactly words: "If they have attacked humans, they should be destroyed!"

OH, REALLY?

With all due respect to, and empathy for, Mr. Kurmann's distraught wife and children, I must ask: Are humans really THIS arrogant?

If I understand this properly:

  • Human knowingly and willingly enters the realm of shark.
  • Shark does what sharks do - and have done for millions of years - long before MAN was even a flicker in their cold, black eyes. It devours anything - and anyone - in it's path!
  • Human decrees that shark must die?


SOUP-er Human?

Thankfully, clearer heads seem to have prevailed - so far!

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett backed the Fisheries Department plea to not support the 'call to cull' - which would virtually guarantees the frenzied slaughter of hundreds, if not thousands of sharks.

Of all species!

I cannot fathom the depth of narcissism necessary for some humans to feel as if they OWN the planet - instead of being satisfied with sharing it!

Perhaps we need to remember that while a shark may eat the odd passing human for dinner - millions of sharks are massacred every year - JUST TO MAKE SOUP!

Sigh..

Written in conjunction with:

Deadliest Waters in the World

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      Kat915 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very good Hub! And I totally agree that we humans, as a species, are "part" of this world and do not "own" this world that we (hint-hint) have pretty much already destroyed anyway for all the other species that roam the earth with us. How many sharks kill people a year vs. how many people kill people a year I wonder?

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Oh the human reaction of revenge and superiority strikes in a feeding frenzy of chaos. I know a woman who lives by the shore in Australia and she has told me that she never would swim in those kind of waters. I guess the people that want to cull these sharks will need a "bigger boat" if you know what I mean. JAWS! On a side note, and not deadly or dangerous, the powers to be at my local state college...Binghamton University...want to have a culling of deer that populate their forest area. The locals and neighbors are outraged, as am I. That action has been put on hold temporarily.

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      Great hub, voted up! I agree. How can we put all the blame on the shark who is just doing what he INSTINCTIVELY does?! We need to remember that all of the living plants and animals in this world are what makes it go round. It is important to show respect for all life, great and small. Thanks for sharing!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very interesting hub, you are a knowledgable writer also, i thought you only wrote articles in jest. I like it. what a woman you are.

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      Ray 5 years ago

      Leslie...Did you not get the memo ?...Humans, being the superior species , own this planet and therefore can do with it what they want which includes eliminating another species that they see as a threat .... We'll see what Mother Nature has to say about that . Me thinks she recognizes Humans as the only threat to the planet Earth !

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Hat915: no (hint-hint) required..lol..The secrets out - we have pretty much destroyed what we ought to have appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to stop in! Come again, Kat!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Pagesvoice: LOL..a bigger boat! du-du-du-du...LOL. I have heard of the culling of deer being done when the population is too big and winter is coming and too many would starve to death slowly and horribly. I'm not an advocate of killing any animal - and i don't know how those who would 'cull' can kill an innocent being-even if it might be best for them.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Cleaner3: Michael - stick around...i'm full of surprises! lol

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Ray: I don't think they even bother sending me those stupid memo's anymore Ray! They must know i either burn 'em - or write about 'em! I'm with Ma Nature on this one! Have a great day, my friend!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Why aren't you in the poetry month thing?

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Cleaner: please explain to me how it works, and where it is, thanks, M..

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      Terry Chestnutt 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Sharky Waters For Dummies is what they should provide some of those guys with, right? lol!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ImKarn It's sad that someone lost his life but if you are going to play in the water on a sharky day you may end up being shark lunch.

      Vote up !!!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I not sure but I know it's Audrey Howitt's chalenge ,so you might want to go to her hub and find out . thats why the pages are being flooded with poetry everyday. thats all i know sweets.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Wrathwarbone: i do really like the saying tho 'sharky weather'. I just think it's kinda...sharky..sexy even! lol

      Thanks for taking the time, T! 'preciated!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Kashmir56: Hi, K! True that - always sad - that sudden death by being torn to shreds by a shark, stuff! (lol? read my poem on this topic - my sense of humor probably wouldn't be described as normal...lol) Stop in anytime, K - coffee and wise ass comments are always on!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @cleaner3: M - You da best! Mmmmmmwwwwwaaaaahhhhh!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Very well-presented article. I agree with you. It was a fatal error of judgment. I wish he would have paid attention to the weather conditions. I'm so terrified of sharks, it's not even funny! I can't imagine swimming or even snorkeling in the deadliest waters. What a terrible way to die. I really feel for his family. The images are scary. well-done vote up awesome my friend.

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      martin 5 years ago

      on it

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      Henda Lea 5 years ago

      Keep 'em coming... someone has to speak up before there are none left!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Lovedoc: Hi, Doc! Me terrified 2 - and 3..lol!! I prefer to call it 'respect' mind you. i feel for his fam too. at least he died doing something he loved? dunno..do know i love when you come a-visiting!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @GOAH: lol I'll make you a deal, k? I'll keep em coming - if you keep coming back! Deal? Done! loveu

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Yes, terrible thing the choices we make. We rather kill the forests, wild life, and humanity just to have our way, control, power and money until nothing is left on our plant but pollution, blood, and hatred.

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      So well written..Hey your hands do magic !

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub. Love your perspective.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Hattiemattiemae: Hi, Hattie..sorry it took so long to respond - i don't know how i missed these...hmmm..Aaaanyway - i couldn't agree more with you dear! Where is the human in humanity?

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Angelme566: lol..wanna see me pull a wabbit out of my hat?

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Danateresa: Hi, Dana! Thank you - my perspective is simple - live and let live! You eat da fish - da fish eat you! That's the circle of life, yes? lol

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      EXACTLY! I feel the same way about Tigers. If you don't want to get eaten. Don't go in the jungle. Or at least watch your back! So glad we have crossed paths. See you around the hubs!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I don't know if I have a new opinion to offer. Seems like everybody about covered it. But just want to say, that you made me aware of the situation, and I am a little stunned at how people react when they impose on the rights of other living species.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Anndavis25: Hello, dear! Yes, isn't it odd how we consider ourselves above all other creatures - even those which have proven themselves much more adept at adapting, and have been here eons longer. Man is KING - according to man...lol...thanks for taking the time, Ann!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Danateresa: Yes, Tigers, and Lions, and Bears - oh, my! And horses, and elephants, and, and, and..

      We just wanna kill - starting with each other - it seems!

      Thanks for coming by and commenting, Dana! See ya around, fer sure!

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      James Bowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      ImKarn:

      This article made me shiver in me boots, as Popeye wouldst say! The great white is certainly a beast to be feared, as was it's much larger cousin during prehistoric times, the Giant Megalodon. I used to fear jellyfish, but now I have a much larger fish to be afraid of. Thanks for the great read, which I found not only very interesting, but voted up as well!

      Jl

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jlbowden: Why thank ye sir..And welcome ye be! Please..come again! (yuckyuckyuck - as popeye wouldst also say..)

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      James Bowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      It be a pleasure mam especially for a great sea faring story like this. Wasn't it Curly of the three stooges, who said "YuckYuckYuckYuck"? Now you got me confused. Take care.

      Jl

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jbowden: Dunno...but..you can't tell me that popeye didn't...(yuckyuckyuck..)

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      Rob Welsh 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Cheers for adding your voice to the cause. I've surfed with sharks many times and probably just as many times when I wasn't aware that they were there.. of course, it's often the Great Whites that you don't see, as they tend to attack from the deep, exactly as your pics show.

      In NZ, Australia and South Africa we respect the Great White and frankly, I'm glad, as we know very little about the huge distances that they travel etc . We tag and track them extensively now and that data has shown us that we surely are an ignorant race. Great Whites only start to become sexually mature after 8 years and that alone helps to reduce their population, as most days rogue fishing is conducted in which sharks are either the primary or secondary by-catch! Down here, Bull and Tiger Sharks are the worst btw.

      Most of us who have spent our lives in and around the ocean, feel much the same today, we echo the approach you have taken here... Thanks for sharing this work... As a poet, I must read your poetry at some time... take care.. Happy New Year... PD

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie.. wow girlfriend. remind me to not swim in those waters. but you know it does sound fishy doesn't it?.. you are so right we do share this planet.. why the slaughter of any animals is beyond me..

      many blessings to you for writing and keeping us aware.. I love your heart

      sharing pinning etc.

      Debbie

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, one reason I don't swim too far out in the ocean is I'm afraid of what lives there. My contention is I am invading their home and if they don't want me there, they'll surely let me know! The waters are THEIR home, not mine! (Shark soup? Ewww!!)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Well Leslie my friend another gem and i can only second what has already been said.

      Your humour is priceless and a very talented writer .

      In Welsh I would say that you are a 'seren ddisglair';a bright star whose hubs enlighten and entertain.

      I vote up,across and share all around.Grrrr!!

      Eddy.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Pearldiver: Hello, and welcome, my friend! First i must tell you that i think you're absolutely out of your frickin' mind! Diving with sharks...are you mad, man? lol..

      Now..having gotten the introductions out of the way...Thanks so much for telling it like it is - and - YOU should know!

      We're an arrogant race - taht's for sure...i know i certainly don't share the opinion that we own the planet - not to mention the universe. Why can't we share...and respect? Maybe then- we can ALL thrive to exist another day..

      honestly - we're killing ourselves with each creature we remove from the food chain..HELLO, people - one plus one equals NONE LEFT - in this case..

      Please - come again - i'd love it if you enjoyed my poetry...

      (or politics..lol)

      Happy New Year in NZ...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: Exactly Deb! While i find sharks beautiful and fascinating - i prefer to respect them from land - or in really, REALLY big boats...

      in my opinion - we ALWAYS need a bigger boat...haha..

      Thanks for popping in and pinning up...xx

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: I hear that, girlfriend! I don't know what you consider 'too far' but - they're comin in closer and closer - and CLOSER! I think about sharks every time i go to the ocean - which is quite often - for a landlocked canadian..lol..

      and yet - i see others in a freakin race to not only get INTO the water - but to get OUT as far as they can..

      Personally - i know they're f**ked in their heads...LOL...

      (hey - check out my poem Shark Fin Soup , iffin ya want - it was written in conjunction with this..)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I meant to and forgot. Here I go.....

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Eiddwen: You are sooo sweet to stop by and leave such a beautiful, uplifting comment! I absolutely love love love it! thank you...

      I believe that's the first Welsh i've seen in print...very interesting...what's the origin?

      Thanks sooo much for sharing Eddy!

      Hubs, my friend!

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      Went shark fishing once when I was younger. When we caught one, I asked what were we going to do with it. I was told...we're going to bring it in the boat. A chimpanzee couldn't have scampered onto the cabin roof any faster then I did. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Sing it Aretha!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FyrFytr234: LOL..this comment is absolutely hilarious! i adore you!

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