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Saturday August 13th 2022

Shark alert as film crew comes to town

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3 Responses to “Shark alert as film crew comes to town”

  1. sugarbean555 says:

    thanks to Dirk for raising awareness, as had he not done that, very few Cape Townians and ocean lovers would be aware of this project.
    everyone who loves our oceans must understand that our apex predators are essential to the health of our precious marine eco-systems.
    and fact is.. there is no proof that chumming doesn’t increase shark activity, potentially endangering beach goers/surfers..
    and there IS proof that this type of tagging (spot tagging) hurts the sharks.
    there are different methods of tagging – the best being tagging the animals WHILE they are in the water.
    HOWEVER, the method this team will use is NOT the safest NOR the best for the health of the sharks. so whose interests are being met here?
    Ocearch/Fischer want to film the DRAMA of capturing the sharks.. (for their documentary and NOT for science. and believe me there has been years of research into tracking our Great Whites.. how much more data do we need? and do we want their movements published on the internet, so blatantly..? (see Ocearch’s maps and data from Mossel Bay all over facebook and twitter)? … so that the finnners/fishermen will KNOW the movements. trust me, South Africa does not have the resources to then patrol these areas)…
    so Ocearch have chosen the most distressing method of tagging. capturing our sharks, taking them out of the water (which is dangerous and stressful on big sharks’ internal organs as they DONT have skeletons) keeping them out of the water for around 20 mins (well, thats what they say) and then chucking them back in the ocean.
    please do whatever you can to continue to raise the public awareness of this upsetting project.
    thank you. oceans of hugs.

  2. I feel that much more care for the entire situation, for the sharks, and for the people using the beaches is necessary. This project, since it is to be televised, seems to be suffering from delusions of grandeur in ignoring both. Sharks are much more fragile than they might seem to animals like us who have evolved to walk on land. Evolving always supported by water, large sharks cannot be removed from the water without suffering internal damage that could kill them. In addition, their jaws are not able to bear the whole force of their bodies driving forward in a desperate effort to escape on feeling the huge hook sink deep into their flesh, and their jaws can thus be damaged, unhinged, or broken, by spot tagging practices. It is possible to tag a shark by chumming it up to a boat and putting on the tag as it swims close, as is practiced by more concerned researchers. Further, these spot tags damage the dorsal fins, and render the shark unidentifiable by other researchers. The entire affair comes across as being ego driven, so there is concern for who is going to suffer as a result. Good to all who are trying to stop it, or change the way it is carried out.

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