WHEN DID A SHARK LAST ATTACK YOU IN YOUR HOME


BEFORE I BEGIN PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SIGN THIS PETITION.http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/the-western-australian-government-call-off-plan-to-cull-sharks-near-wa-beaches#

Shark Attacks In Perspective

Compared to deaths from other forms of water related activity the number of fatal shark attacks in Australia is extremely low. In the last 50 years, there have been 50 recorded unprovoked fatalities due to shark attack, which averages one per year. Australians have a 1 in 3,362 chance of drowning at the beach and a 1 in 292,525 chance of being killed by a shark in one’s entire lifetime. There is an element of risk in any activity we undertake.

protest shark cull

  I am an absolute water baby always have been, as a small child and I mean 8 years old. I would go with my father out to a place called Beaumaris a beach side town in Melbourne. Here  my  father would launch the speedboat into the water..we would walk on the rocky seabed to push it out far enough to get in and take off..we would go so far out that land was nowhere in sight..now my father was not the most responsible..yes we had life jackets but sunscreen was never put on and I would sit up on the front of the boat while he drove ..I had the seaspray hit my face from the waves as we banged through them ..each wave jolting us and me loving every minute….I was fearless…it was the one time I ever felt my father and I had a good time. When we got out to the right spot (as far as he could assume was good for fishing) he would throw the anchor overboard into the black dark dark green ocean, this was my favourite time! I would launch myself into that water ..no fear ..it was always so warm in the first top layer but then beneath that layer it was cold..very cold..and often I felt fish around my legs or seaweed..it was paradise. I would jump back onto the boat and then start fishing.. catching  barracouta , flathead and snapper.Lunch and then back in the water.

My point is I love the sea , and people my think I as an inland bush girl have no real experience with the oceans  but  I spent every summer holiday at the beach and in the oceans..and when hubby and I retire it will be to the ocean…it always draws me.

Now one day while I was swimming close to shore at this beach I was struck just below the knee by something that felt like a knife..my father was out in the boat my mother..well I have no idea..I screamed it was incredibly painful and this lovely Italian man ..I will never forget him ..picked me up and rushed me to a tap and washed the wound which was sizeable and bleeding profusely..he had a funny bandage which he applied….still no idea where my mother was. What had happened was I had trodden on a stingray that was clearly well covered by sand and as I have it has whipped it’s barbed tail around….not it’s fault..i trod on it in it’s home!    .

I have swum in the oceans I have scuba dived, snorkelled , and sailed..i have never felt fear of being attacked by a shark. We take risks everyday and when we enter an environment that is NOT ours then we take chances. These creatures pose no threat to us in OUR homes and play a vital role as Apex predators in maintaining the balance in our aquatic world . Fear is such a destructive emotion…do we remove cars from the highways due to 1484 transport related deaths a year? what about the deaths from assault 217 a year ..864 accidental poisoning deaths a year …obesity related deaths 221 a year.. falling from ladders kills 27 people a year..  I could go on…compare this with 4 deaths from contact with marine animals…these statistics for Australia come from  The Australian Bureau of Statistics (which I once worked for) In total 140.000 deaths in 2010 in Australia.. the above recorded amongst them .

So Western  Australian Government has mandated a cull on sharks.. and so it seems that again money is the main motivation…tourists might not come to the area…outrage at possible loss of income..the money to be spent a budget of  $2 Million dollars…with the hunters getting over $5 thousand dollars a shark…do you imagine they care what size or species…well no already they have been killing undersized sharks… Great Whites,  the most feared of all ,are Listed as Vulnerable by The International Union for Conservation of Nature while there are no Official figures estimates are that the numbers could be as low as 3000.

These animals are killed slowly as the knowledge of humane killing is not high on the agenda.They are being hooked shot repeatedly and then dumped at sea.

The first shark caught on baited drums shot and killed and dumped out further at sea

The first shark caught on baited drums shot and killed and dumped out further at sea

First baited drum shark catch

First baited drum shark catch

I am no expert but it seems to me that you need to respect your world and the creatures that live in it, they are there for a reason, they do not hunt us down they merely exist in a world we decide to encroach on, I have no doubt that by culling sharks we will not solve the problem of shark attacks, not unless you kill every shark and the results would be an ocean ecosystem thrown out of order.

We believed cats to be witches minions slaughtered them  en masse in England and received in return the gift of the Bubonic  Plague as the rat population thrived.

The clearing of the acreage next to us for a house to be built …. a small change you would think to the environment …has seen no return of our Echidnas, an increase in birdlife to our property and even no snake sightings..so imagine this huge change to the oceans and the resulting effects on the native species that live within.

Extraordinary animal

Extraordinary animal

What an extraordinary animal, the perfect Apex predator, the perfect killing machine, millions of years in the making and without a doubt beautiful.

I have been signing petitions as many as I can , i cannot get to protests otherwise I would, I still have no fear of the ocean and will continue to enjoy it well aware that I am playing in another animals home and respectful rather than fearful is how I view the sea.

We're going to need a bigger brain....

We’re going to need a bigger brain….

48 thoughts on “WHEN DID A SHARK LAST ATTACK YOU IN YOUR HOME

    • I think so …down right moronic!! why not question and research why they are coming close to our shores…what have we done to impact on their environment…hideous and upsetting!!!

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  1. You tell ’em Fozziemum! There’s an unfair attack on my wolfie cousins here, but good new today – they will stop the hunting of wolves in Idaho! (Well sort of good, if any are still alive) 😦 *mourning* Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
    Save the sharks down unda efurrybuddy!

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  2. This is so wrong and so inhumane and like you said, money has got to be involved.
    We live 20 minutes form the ocean and grew up here. I have been here for 65 years and will not move period<:)
    We have sand sharks here and all they do is bother the fisher mans bait.

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  3. what’s the matter with these people?we can’t keep killing the animals in the ocean or on land with out destroying the natural balance of our planet and its on a knife edge as it is with everything humans have done to it how about culling a few humans instead and reduce how much we breed!xx Rachel

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    • I agree Rachel…we let murderous criminals live a cushy life in jail and they have killed for kicks…I beg everyone to sign the petition..i won’t travel to Perth while they do this and most and I mean most Australians are outraged! Bev xxx

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  4. Speedy is so right. The natural balance of life is natures way of controlling populations. Start altering that and it will only end in trouble. It has happened time and time again. Do people never learn? Have a serene Sunday and enjoy some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

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    • Indeed Molly they do not..we already see the results and still they don’t learn..it’s all about the money..how can you worry about the towns tourist dollar when you clearly don’t appreciate the ocean that surrounds it..hypocrits..the ocean is good when they want people there but only on their terms..You have a serene Sunday yourself Molly ours is at an end and I plan on having a good but sweaty sleep 😉 hugs Fozziemum xx

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  5. I saw it yesterday in the news and I was speechless. I read you have a bigger chance to hit the lottery jackpot than to get hurted by a shark. I signed the petition, it’s not fair that people always think it’s only “their” planet. The earth is for the animals too ( even for snakies).

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    • Yes I think Easy people are ignorant about the world..every creature has a place and is on our earth for a reason…even flies they help with decomp in dead things ..we are ignorant and doomed as a species to make ourselves extinct if we are not careful…you have more chance of choking on your food..well done for signing the majority of Australia including families of victims and survivors do not want this barbarity!

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      • and flies are good for making money, if you have THE ONE.
        But I agree, it’s not fair how we try to change the world with destruction, killing and ignorance. Maybe mom’s court peot Charles Bukowski was right:’Humanity, you never had it from the beginning.”

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        • The Money Fly is great (except when the serial dad strikes)
          And yes the Poet Bukowski does have it right..there is no humane in humanity..certainly we have no respect for each other so finding it for other species is next to impossible..

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    • Annie it is insanity! this MP in Perth is clearly bowing to the retailers and tourism in the area…it is just like Jaws the movie a damn comedy of errors yet vastly unpopular with the whole country!! I have never travelled toPerth and it was on my list..i won’t spend my money in such a state now..thanks for signing the whole world needs to know what they are doing!!

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  6. Fabulous Blog Bev!!! you wrote from the heart & mind & I am blown away! I love sharks altho I have only sen them at Marineland. They are majestic animals & they are apex….but Humans always have to feel superior to everything…. flaws in Humanity…EGO & GREEDINESS…i would love to see a shark in its enviroment…
    Everything is a risk; going to the corner shop I could be run over & killed (G-D forbid) so people must be aware they are in the sharks home…
    My Father (swim free) used to swim with Tiger Sharks when he & stepMa lived in Florida…she woudl call me upset ordering me to tell him NOT to swim in the ocean….ROFWL!! My Father was careful & did not go out during their mealtimes & he enjoyed himself alot…lived to almost 92….he spent 10 yrs in Florida every Winter…
    I can still see him in my mond’s eye swimming with those gorgeous creatures…
    Sharks are what they are. With knowledge we can co-exist with them & people like you & your Father & my Father are proof of this!!!
    Sheri-Ellen & Nylablue xx

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    • I am sure your dad was well aware too of their place in our world..humans are flawed it is why we are human..we kill without thought and not suprising seeing the lack of care for our on species…we won’t learn until we are all that is left..we have ruined our worlds beauty and all in the name of progress!! insanity….they are stunning creatures been here since prehistoric times and flourished..until we came along..
      Hope this stops..the outcry is huge!!!
      Bev xxxx

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  7. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. It’s totally ridiculous that humans are killing sharks just because they exist. The ocean is their home and we are trespassing on them. The people who want to kill the sharks are beyond arrogant. It is very sad!

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  8. This is awful!!!! Gosh, we probably have more than 50 shark bites in a year here!! (okays, maybe not THAT many!!) butts, I can’t imagine the reaction would be to just go kill em’! I’m with Speedy, upset the balance of nature and nothin’ good comes of it!
    I sure hopes they come to their senses!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  9. Makes me so angry when I see what is going on in the world Bev and some people wonder by mother nature is lashing out! I agree with you where sharks are concerned. They are beautiful creatures. Money sure rules here and I also sign petitions regarding this whenever I can. My favourite is Care2.com. Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*

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    • I did have Molly bwahahah it’s Monday night now…and yes I agree we will end up extinct because we have mucked around with the balance of things people are really not very smart considering they have thumbs ! hugs Fozziemum xxx

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  10. I totally agree Bev and will sign your petition as soon as I finish my post; all of God’s creatures have been placed upon this earth for a reason and “man” being stupid as he is, by this I mean ALL of us, dont’ understand the domino effect the loss each creature brings….at some point, when it’s too late, the last domino getting ready to fall will be ON man….this doesn’t just happen in your country…trust me…. laura

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    • I know Laura..mankind is manmean and humanity is inhumane..the domino effect the butterfly effect ripples that will have us being the last species alive and then we are doomed….a lack of respect for each other means different species have no chance …I really wonder at our idiocy!
      Hugs Bev xxx

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  11. You are 1,000 percent right! I tried to sign but I’m so behind in blogging catch-up it is now closed. Sorry. Any others I can do?

    I’m happy you didn’t do all caps for this post, it does hurt my eyes when you do!

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    • Sorry my friend hahaha I have changed that because I can see how hard it is on the eyes 😉 I will let you know if there are more petitions…bit behind atm but will catch up 🙂

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        • Yep it was a shitty day day yesterday and still a lot of fires around..not close atm and the weather is cooler this morning..but it was pretty damn horrid….we had a couple close by but they jumped them quickly and waterbombed them…50 fires still going 5000 people working on them yesterday…damn nightmare…

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          • I saw… I really freaked out when I heard where! I only know you in that part of the world, but that’s enough for me to make a connection to what is going on in a way I never did before. Yes, I only know you – but I’m sure there are hundreds of wonderful people just like you living in fear right now. Okay I better shut up, I’m about in tears.

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            • Oh you poor bugger! it’s all okay here..we all are aware of the risks and since Black Saturday are much more attuned to what we need to do! could have been a lot worse yesterday if the systems were not in place as they are now. It does upset when we know people OS and can sort of put a life a face a personality to a situation that once seemed bad but now seems real. Cheer up my sweets we are fine and plan on staying safe! Hugs Fozziemum xx

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