Are Great Whites in abundance or clinging to survival? New study plans to find out!
Are you as perplexed by the surge of Great Whites in the surf, and the arguments for and against solving the problem, as me?
Nets and dangling hooks are terrible things (they kill so many friendly animals), but they work. Compare and contrast attacks in Ballina with the Gold Coast. (Zero on the GC.)
The ocean is the shark’s environment, but it’s a pleasant place for humans to frolic in, too.
The Great White is endangered various scientific bodies say, but attacks are more relevant than ever before in human history.
For me, the argument has to boil down to this. If the Great White is endangered, y’can’t kill ’em. We live (and die) with it until stocks are replenished. Then we ice a few to restore the balance.
But if they’re not endangered.
So we gotta count ’em, right? Put the issue to bed once and for all.
A few days ago, the Australian government announced it had given its scientific body CSIRO the task of counting Whites in their east coast nurseries (Newcastle to Seal Rocks) and to use that data to estimate the population on the west coast.
Even though the Great White has been protected in Australia since 1999, experts concede they don’t know how many of the animals live in Australian waters.
I wonder, are we imagining ourselves sick about the Great White or is there a current oversupply of the animal?
The study will be complete by December.