I don't think killing the sharks is the right idea (though I'd rather a shark die than me). There really aren't that many Whites up there. The problem is they are all hunting along the beach, because that's where the food is.
Whites normally hunt from the deep. It's crazy that they swim in 3' of water.
The problem is with the seals. They have let that population skyrocket and it's only getting bigger. If there weren't so many seals there the sharks would move offshore and eat fish, like they usually do.
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Thread: Sharkweek Cape Cod
Aug 6, 2013, 03:57 PM #51
Aug 6, 2013, 04:07 PM #52
Intelligent post from Sharkhunter.
Don't overanalyze this sh*t. If you notice a continous growing pattern of risk that is of great harm or injury to people, that can be controlled or lessened within a small area (very small in aspect of areas inhabited by GW's) - you should.
And I will completely agree with your last statement. People who hand feed sharks are out of their damn minds. Like you said, "associating humans with food", is a big no no. I don't believe that it isn't dangerous at all. Being around any wild animal is dangerous no matter how you look at it. All I'm saying is that is isn't as horrible as the media and movies like Jaws portay it to be. There are two extremes to this. Those who think that sharks are the most evil, man hunting monster on the planet, And those who think that sharks are cute and cuddly teddy bears that you can play with. I like to think that there is a happy medium. They are a fierce predator but not exactly a human-hunting monster.
Aug 6, 2013, 04:40 PM #54
Any time humans attempt to control nature, bad things usually result. We've purposely introduced various insects, reptiles and rodents, etc. into environments to solve a problem. Many times the solution later becomes the problem (frog infestation, lady bugs, long-horn beetles, rats...). I'm more in favor of letting nature take its course. The seal population is crazy so let the GW's prey on them. It might be 5, 10, 20 years from now, but eventually the seals will move and the sharks will follow them. Killing them is very short-sighted...take a longer term view of the issue and you might find that killing 20 sharks does nothing.
Not for nothing, but are GW's even a legit concern on the east coast? I believe NorCal has an issue, but east-coasters should be more concerned with Bulls. I'm not worried about one GW attack, especially when said attack involved someone swimming over 100 yards off shore. That's just ignorant.
Come on guys, live and let live. Let's all hold hands and sing kumbaya together.
Aug 6, 2013, 04:41 PM #55
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Aug 6, 2013, 04:57 PM #59
^^^^ a world full of under-weight tweakers who can't get their nicotine or alcohol fix would be a dangerous place to live. I think I'd rather Rochambeau a great white over who gets to take the next wave.
Aug 6, 2013, 05:16 PM #60Senior Member
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Killing a seal to solve the shark problem is such a crazy idea.
But, you know...we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.