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Surfer vanishes in suspected shark attack in Australia

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Seems like sharks and orcas are getting a bit uppity.  Or maybe just being reported more....

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Vanishes.

Terrifying headline.

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Seems like sharks and orcas are getting a bit uppity. Or maybe just being reported more....

Defo getting uppity. Time to declare total war on them!

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That area is well-known for shark attacks. Not a new thing, but more people in the waters means increased probability of attacks on humans.

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You swim in their Ocean you know the dangers...

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Hervé L'Eisa - That area is well-known for shark attacks. Not a new thing, but more people in the waters means increased probability of attacks on humans.

This is not necessarily so. The number of people in the waters around Australia has not increased in the last 40 odd years. However, the number of shark attacks and interactions has greatly increased in the last 15-20 years. The increase is the result of strict conservation laws, including the moratorium on whale hunting. Any healthy environment has an abundance of predators. Before the moratorium on shake hunting there were only a few hundred whales migrating to calving grounds on the east, west and south coasts of Australia. However, some 40 odd years later there are thousands of whales migrating up and down the coasts. Of course the great whites are going follow them and increase in numbers with a healthy food supply of baby whales. In this particular case, Esperance is famous for being one of Australia’s busiest whaling towns in the early part of last century. Right now the whales are heading back to Antarctica with their calves. And perhaps this shark’s food source had disappeared making it hunt humans.

Matty Wilkinson’s close encounter was right in the middle of whale alley near Byron Bay. A famous place for whale watchers. The continental shelf is very close to the coast and the whales stay close to the coastline with their calves on their way back from their calving grounds in Hervey Bay. Of course the great whites are following them.

unfortunately, the increase in shark attacks is the result of protecting the environment. I should also mention that great whites sharks are protected in Australia and many other countries too.

Just for perspective, more people are killed by cows in Australia than sharks.

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Do you know how many sharks are caught, their fins cut off and thrown back into the sea to die in agony? Try tens of millions.

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Goodlucktoyou - Do you know how many sharks are caught, their fins cut off and thrown back into the sea to die in agony? Try tens of millions.

Yes, that is right! Do you know where they are caught and killed in their millions? In the oceans of Asia, including around Japan. They are not killed by there millions in Australian territorial waters.

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@goodlucktoyou you also know who the biggest buyer of shark fins are?

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Velius, you can't then also fail to mention the fish factory ships, surely decimating oceans globally.

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You swim in their Ocean you know the dangers...

The oceans belong to all. But swim at your own risk.

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"...You are really scraping the bottom of the cynical barrel with that crap about climate change."

So 95% of the world's scientists are feeding us a load of crap?

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Surfers in California just say "that's life in the food chain".

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Charlie Sommers - So 95% of the world's scientists are feeding us a load of crap?

With regard to climate change causing an increase in shark attacks, yes!

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