Is our attitude toward sharks reflective of, or causing, how we interact with them at our coastlines?
We regard them as monsters from which we need to protect ourselves. When they 'get out of hand', we put out nets and drum lines, we cull their populations, we spend millions to keep them away. We ignore the fact that the ocean is their home, not ours.
Is this purely because we fear them, or is it fuelling peoples' hatred of sharks further? Can we start changing perceptions by learning to better coexist at our beaches?
These aren't easy questions and I don't know the answers, but I hope to begin figuring this stuff out. For their sake and ours, we need to begin finding a new way forward.
If you want to know more and help support this project, come out to Single Fin in Mission Beach next Tuesday, 6-10pm. Art, beer, tacos, and a whole lotta shark love! 🦈
I finally managed to finish my main’s ref sheet. This was a we’ll needed redesign but I really like this version a lot more! No need to ask to draw her you can draw her just don’t claim her as yours!! Also she is a shark and husky hybrid, she loves surfing, the ocean and candy canes!
In May 2017, three great white sharks washed up dead in South Africa, and killer whales are believed to have killed them. On May 3rd a 4.9-meter white shark washed up dead, with a huge wound on her underside and her liver missing. Then the following day a 3.4-meter-long male white shark was found dead, his liver and heart missing. On May 7th a third white shark washed ashore; this time a 4.2-meter male with his liver missing. Scientists suspect killer whales are the culprits of these deaths, likely targeting shark livers for their richness in oil and nutrients. Although predation on white sharks has never been recorded in South Africa, certain ecotypes of killer whales have been observed hunting great whites off Australia and California. Accounts of killer whales hunting other smaller sharks show that they flip them over to induce the sharks' tonic or motionless state, enabling the whales to drown them and feed on them. This is likely the predation tactic these apex predators utilize on white sharks. The ecotype that killed these three sharks off South Africa is unknown 📸 via @discoverocean@wildorcinus@dyerict#wildestafrica
This is unreal. A friendly pat on the nose of a Great White Shark. Great clip to see the way it's eyes roll and jaw extrudes when opening its mouth! Marvellous creature! 💙🦈
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