The images are graphic and repugnant. This event happened in the Bahamas in 2007 and again in 2008. Two Tiger sharks killed, one pregnant animal with pups ripped from her body and tossed in a bloody heap on the deck.
As the CEO of a commercial shark diving company, Shark Diver, I am shocked at the loss of life and the wasted resource that is highlighted by these images. Something must be done to reset the mind set of those who do not see what the loss of animals like these means to the oceans, the economy of the Bahamas, and to sport fishing in the region.
We are defined as a shark diving industry and as shark conservationists not by moments when everything goes well and we are sitting on the back deck of a vessel at sunset.
We are not defined by the shark images we take or the numbers of divers we expose to sharks.
These are benchmarks that do not define who you are, or what you stand for as a business, or as a person.
We are defined instead by moments like these, when presented with horrific evidence of fisheries policies that kill sharks without any sustainable strategy. Those who stand up now to make a difference in the Bahamas are shark conservationists.
Let's get to work.
TIGER SHARK MARCH 2008
Patric Douglas CEO