Save our sharks!
Sharks have had a bad reputation for a very long time; people don’t like to be bitten. But their reputation has become worse with multiple shark films and now YouTube adding to the bad press. Type ‘shark attack’ into YouTube and you’ll find plenty of unreliable evidence of their killer instincts, with a lot of fictional footage interspersed with any real actual attacks. Now after an increase in tragic attacks in Western Australia the Premier is planning to introduce a shark culling policy beginning within days.
Why we need sharks
Sharks are important species that maintain the health of whole ocean ecosystems. Sharks are often the apex predator in the oceanic ecosystem, meaning that they keep the ecosystem balanced and allow populations of other creatures to maintain healthy levels. Sharks regulate the quantity and health of other marine life, helping to keep fish stocks in the ocean healthy. They tend to feed on weak, old and unhealthy fish, which stops the spread of disease among fish populations.
Although for some time it has been thought that removing sharks from the oceans would result in a huge increase in fish population – some scientists now think the opposite would happen; and the existing populations would be wiped out by disease. Being at the top of the food chain, their role is vital to ensure that all parts of the food chain lower down are controlled. For example, algae produces around half of the oxygen that we breathe. Without sharks controlling the food chain balance, the oceans could become overrun with algae, drastically oxygen quantities in our atmosphere. The knock on effects of this could be devastating for all life on Earth.
How culling sharks will affect us
With an increase of shark attacks in Western Australia, the WA Premier has decided to introduce a controversial shark culling program. This would allow the currently protected Great White shark to be caught and killed within certain areas of the Western Australia coastline.
When it comes to dangers of the sea, the chance of drowning is over 1000 times greater than dying from a shark attack. Another much more common source of injury or death is the sting of a jellyfish. Jellyfish kill eight times as many people every year compared to sharks. Even falling coconuts kill 150 people each year, 15 times the number of deaths attributable to sharks.
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How you can help
Join with Greenpeace in their action to halt the senseless shark culling in Western Australia by writing to WA Premier Colin Barnett: