xeni at January 27th, 2014 21:32 — #1
eksrae at January 27th, 2014 21:58 — #2
Don't let the fly-by-night vendors fool you -- there's no such thing as an Emergency Floatation Ham. Total ripoff.
boundegar at January 27th, 2014 22:12 — #3
Making us safe is not important. What matters most is making us feel safe, and killing sharks is right up there with confiscating terror-shampoo.
mister44 at January 27th, 2014 22:24 — #4
I say wrap everyone in a foot thick amount of bubble wrap and wrap that in fine chain mail.
jardine at January 27th, 2014 23:29 — #5
And one is: if you can't beat 'em, just close the beach.
But we can beat them...by killing them until they die from it.
daemonworks at January 28th, 2014 02:19 — #6
Killing every shark in existence wouldn't make beaches any safer for humans. Wouldn't have all that much impact on the safety of the water right next to the beaches either.
stove at January 28th, 2014 02:26 — #7
Correct. The Western Australian government already does 5 of the 7 suggestions on the list - I don't think we've ever tried towing sharks out to sea, and I'm not sure how much research they sponsor.The measures are pretty effective. Most people attacked by sharks are in unprotected areas or are in the water when nobody is keeping an eye on things (like dawn and dusk)
The culling is purely for tourism. If you're known as the shark attack capital of the world, you want people to see you being decisive and taking action - however useless those actions may be.
sdfrost61 at January 28th, 2014 02:51 — #8
Any kickbacks to the WA Government from the Hong Kong shark fin traders?
michael_r_smith at January 28th, 2014 03:26 — #9
Eight: Tag sharks with transponders then send a tweet when the fish gets close to a place where there are people. I saw that idea recently and I think its great.
boundegar at January 28th, 2014 04:03 — #10
foolishowl at January 28th, 2014 04:18 — #11
jeremiahblatz at January 28th, 2014 08:20 — #12
l_mariachi at January 28th, 2014 09:09 — #13
If you’re known as the shark-attack capital of the world, tourists are going to want to see some shark attacks.
bobo at January 28th, 2014 12:40 — #14
There's just something about worrying about the statistically super unlikely event of being predated upon by the marine killing machine known as a shark. Little mammal fears eh? Out of our terrestrial environment... The potential risk (admittedly small) of an encounter with a predator who is very well adapted to the marine environment... ZOMG!
Other posters have hit the nail on the head as far as what's more likely to kill you. Maybe we should focus on ways to keep those damn terrestrial mammals in their element and out of the water (and I'm not talking lemmings here folks)[and yes, I know that the "lemming mass suicide" thing is b.s., just a bit of humor folks...]
xeni at February 1st, 2014 21:32 — #15
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