Scientist Speaks Out Against Call for the Murder of Dozens of Great White Sharks in Cape Town after two Shark Attacks

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Scientist Speaks Out Against Call for the Murder of Dozens of Great White Sharks in Cape Town after two Shark Attacks

There has been a call to kill  many Great White sharks in the Cape Town area after two shark attacks within just a few days, but scientist Len Compagno is speaking out against the decision calling it nonsensical.

“If they did, we would know about it soon enough and there would be attacks every few days. This does not happen. Generally, the pattern is that one person is bitten in, say, the Eastern Cape and then some months later another person is bitten down here. That is not the behavior of an animal targeting humans. There is also a misconception that there are ‘rogue’ sharks that specifically pester people. A rogue shark does not really exist. 

Sharks are not like some land predators, lions for instance, where one animal may begin to prey on people, as I understand certain lions have done with refugees moving through the Kruger National Park. If this were the case with sharks, we would have a shark taking out a person every few days, over and over again. But this does not happen.”

Compagno believes that this killing would accomplish nothing and there are better resolutions to the matter. We will see whether the government in South Africa decides to go through with this or not.