Friday, October 30, 2009

Mossel Bay Shark Death Confirmed

Images like these serve as reminders that big sharks are not safe anywhere.

Rumors of a large shark caught in Mossel Bay, S.A home to several commercial shark diving companies have been floating around the industry for weeks:

"Commenting on the shark in the photographs, Geremy Cliff, head of research at the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, confirmed that the 4,3-metre shark was caught in the shark nets off Zinkwazi beach on August 31."

We have been posting about how the death of just "one shark" can become the instrument for shark conservation change. Perhaps this shark will be that animal. For the many commercial shark diving companies in that region the loss of such a big animal will be felt. In the end it will be up to them with a coalition of NGO's to seek the regional changes necessary to save these magnificent animals from further catches.

S.A newspaper, The Witness, has the complete story.

Editors Note: See surprising update.

2 comments:

Martin Hatchuel said...

This shark was not caught in Mossel Bay - it drowned in the shark nets in KwaZulu Natal province, more than 1,600 kilometres away from Mossel Bay and was trucked in for the dissection. To me, this was a cheap shot at fame - why else transport the carcass such a great distance? There was no dignity for the poor creature in that.

Shark Diver said...

And this is why we'll never believe in media again...or emails from S.A.

You got proof this shark was trucked in for a media hit?