shark attackAre sharks getting a bum rap? World media is forever painting the fish as the Hamas of the sea. According to the International Shark Attack File, there have been 2,667 confirmed, unprovoked shark attacks around the world between 1580 and 2013, resulting in 495 fatalities. I suggest many of the attacks have occurred during the last 50-years, as more people have taken up surfing. Since January 2014 there have been 7 shark fatalities in Australian waters. Meanwhile, 145 countries engage in the trade of shark products. It is estimated 100-million sharks are killed every year, 73-million of which are used for shark fin soup. I haven’t noticed any Japanese taking up surfing, have you? Sharks are caught on Japanese poles, have their fins cut off, and then thrown back into the sea to drown or bleed to death. I think I’m slowly coming round to the shark’s point of view. It’s payback, and payback is a bitch!


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