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Shark Cull: France Announces Kill Just In Time For Shark Week

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A shark cull will kill 90 sharks offshore Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. It might not be the celebration of Shark Week that you had in mind.

But Surfer revealed last week that the government has shut down all swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding until October 1 in the wake of two fatal shark attacks in the past three months.

The two horrific attacks involved a French surfer on his honeymoon, followed up by a teen snorkeling just yards from shore. The 15-year-old girl was instantly cut in half by her attacker.

But closing the beach is not enough. The island relies on tourism, which is effectively shut down if people can’t get into the water.

So the authorities said that they would also cull 90 sharks. The two species that will be collected are tiger and bull sharks, which are the ones known to be involved in the Reunion shark attacks.

Will the cull work? Some people say no.

Florida Natural History Museum and shark attack expert George Burgess denounced the program in the Huffington Post. He said that revenge killing of sharks would simply blow up in the tourist industry’s face.

I guess we’ve all seen that poster which says sharks kill a dozen people a year while people kill 100 million sharks a year.

But still…it’s hard to feel sorry for the shark after it gets caught cutting a teen-ager in half.

In South Africa, which has areas sometimes menaced by great white sharks, officials have been experimenting with shark exclusion nets to protect surfers and marine wildlife without harming sharks. But it may be too soon to say how well the program will work.

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Great White Shark offshore South Africa

In Reunion, Surfer said that many people blame a nearby marine reserve. Large schools of food species reportedly attract large numbers of sharks to the area where humans aren’t allowed to fish.

If that’s the case, the shark cull might not do much. As soon as one shark is killed and a slot comes open, a new shark might be attracted to the territory.

[great white shark by Mogens Trolle via Shutterstock]
[shark mouth image by zimmytw's via Shutterstock]

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12 Responses to “Shark Cull: France Announces Kill Just In Time For Shark Week”

  1. Mark Thorpe

    I no longer refer to those who support this move and who use the Ocean for the recreational pleasures of wave riding as surfers. For surfers respect the Ocean, respect it's inhabitants, they understand and accept the risks of entering into the water. Killing sharks to potentially avoid shark attacks in the future is akin to killing drivers to avoid car accidents?

  2. Jayne Rigby

    This article has got me so riled! I cannot believe this is happening in 2013! And what the hell have great white sharks in Africa got to do with bull sharks in France! The journalist says 'in South Africa, which has some areas menaced by great white sharks'…….excuse me? MENACED! Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm sure they live there! Don't go into shark invested waters & not expect to see a shark

  3. Jayne Rigby

    Apologies I've just read that paragraph and see that GWS are being used to compare between protective measures. However, the paragraph itself glorifies hatred towards a magnificent species, as does this whole article. The people of reunion island need to be educated and respect the ocean and its inhabitants. This is a story state of affairs.

  4. Craig Crugee Warlow

    We have not got plenty of sharks anymore Annette. They are being killed at at an unsustainable rate, and for soup mainly. (just the fins are taken, the rest of the animal is thrown back overboard to die slowly, painfully, cruelly, wastefully and horrendously in case you were't aware of the problem.) "Clear 'em out and see if it works"? Do you realise the implications of doing such a thing? Morons like you make me so angry. It's idiots like you that we have to 'clear out'!

  5. Naomi Baggaley

    Does that mean I can 'clear someone out' of their home so I can go and play there? They need the sea to survive, we like to use it for fun…when you consider how many people use it without incident, it would suggest they do not need clearing out – and we need to accept that if we wish to entertain ourselves in their home, we may sometimes encounter them, in the same way people would encounter a pride of lions if they set their swing set up near them! So why not just stick to your swimming pool if you have that big an issue with them!!