Shark Cull Oral Essay

1055 WordsJul 9, 20145 Pages
Recently after numerous attacks, the Western Australian government stated a hunt and kill policy on any shark that is a tiger, bull or great white over the size of 4 meters. For numerous reasons this should be deemed illegal by the government and stop the culling in Western Australia. Australia is home to more diverse, unique and beautiful animals than any other place on earth, and included in these animals are the three sharks that have been focused on about in the cull in Western Australia. Ever since people have been utilising beaches for swimming and surfing, there have been shark attacks. And sadly on the flip side, ever since people have been swimming/ surfing at beaches, there have been attacks on sharks. So every year, some Australians call for a “cull” on these already endangered creatures. There are better responses or options than culling sharks. Greenpeace Australia has suggested of three, easy, safe compromises for the protection of humans and sharks. It’s no secret that Greenpeace loves sharks. As an apex predator they play an essential role in maintaining the balance of our marine ecosystems. Surely the millions of dollars being spent on killing sharks could be better used to support strategies that are proven to reduce attacks? Here are just a handful of ways to start: educate beach goers The WA Department of Fisheries released its report in 2012 about factors that could put swimmers at increased risk of being attacked by a shark. There recommendations are ~Stay out of the water if sharks have been sighted in the area. ~Stay close to shore (within 30m of the water’s edge). ~Don’t go in the water alone (stay in groups). ~Avoid water temperatures lower than 22C. ~Avoid water depths of greater than 5m when swimming or surfing ~Avoid swimming after heavy storms, or in low light conditions (dusk and dawn). ~Avoid swimming if there are seals,

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