26 November 2004

Good shark reporting

There is nothing at all new in the presence of large numbers of these giant sharks close inshore in False Bay.

Fifty years ago, as a reporter on the Cape Times, I recall that we frequently quoted light-aircraft pilots who had spotted large concentrations in the bay of what, at that time, were known as Blue Pointers.

The dramatised term "Great Whites" was invented by some film producer, with box-office takings in mind.

Tragic as the recent attacks on humans have been, these surely point to the need for further research, and for greater caution and vigilance, rather than the mindless slaughter of these creatures in their natural habitat - as has been called for in outbursts of mass hysteria.

Source: Cape Times


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