We are not against eco-friendly shark cage diving for tourism and research, but we are vehemently against the use of chumming (using a mix of blood, meat, fish to lure the sharks close enough to the boats for people in the cage to see) and the taunting of these great creatures with bait to try get a good photo for tourist's holiday albums.The negative impact of feeding (or luring with the smell of food) of wild animals to within a few metres of humans is commonly accepted when referring to baboons and lions in the wild, yet coaxing and teasing the king of the ocean with food until it snaps (literally) is seen as a great way to make money.
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The fact that a portion of the large amounts of money
raised do go back into Shark Conservation & Research
is a major reason why marine biologists seem to overlook
the possible link. From a scientific point of view it
is not possible to categorically Prove OR Disprove the
link between chumming great whites and the increase in
shark attacks on surfers and spearo's in the Cape over
the last 20 years, because there are just too many variables
in the equation to form a conclusive hypothesis. Increased
amounts of surfers in the water, longer water time due
to increased wetsuit technology, Great Whites being on
the protected species list, or the daily chumming in the
Shark Cage Dive industry? Regularly attracting wild animals
with food can't be good, why is it permitted with the
Great White. If the main positive behind it is raising
money for Research/Conservation, to put it in a human
"If someone runs a brothel, makes a large amount of money, then gives a percentage back to a charity supporting Battered Women, would that be a morally acceptable setup?"
The only people who seem to support the shark cage diving industry are those with vested interests (Shark Cage Dive Operators, local communties getting kick-backs, Marine Biologists who don't surf, adventure tour companies and backpackers & hotels who receive a healthy commission of R250 a pop). These people are not affected by the sharks change in behaviour, many of them never leave the safety of their boats, and some do not even venture off land, and could care less about the increasing amount of surfers who have lost their legs & lives since the industry began in 1991. Remember, its us surfers and spearfishermen who are the ones who remain in the waters daily, floating on the surface for hours, without a cage, and any change in behaviour, no matter how small, is going to affect us, not you. Its time for people to wake up, make a noise, and make change happen .
Let's move to have the industry regulated and outlaw the use of any form of chum or bait to lure the Great Whites, and just enjoy the priviledge of viewing them naturally as we would with any other great creature.
So inform yourself, and consider the impacts your choices make.
- Justin Othersurfa