My brother and I have had this debate going for years now. About sharks. More specifically about their intentions regarding humans.
My view is that sharks are equal opportunity hunters. Why spend so much energy going after faster (than us anyway) swimming seals or fish, when there are convenient humans floundering around in the surf? My brother has the view that if a shark attacks a human being, then it’s all a case of mistaken identity. They would much rather be eating seals or fish or whatever. We don’t really taste that good to them anyway. Really?! Then what about those stories of shark attacks, where the sharks come back for “seconds”? Or the guys who say that they’ve had sharks trailing them when they’re paddling in their sea kayaks or in their rubber dinghies, giving them nudges every so often?
It’s really not that I’m anti sharks as such. I recognize that if one has to tally up deaths on each side (as my brother so frequently does when he’s arguing with me!), then sharks get killed in far greater numbers by humans, than vice versa. What for me (living along a coast with a lot of sharks in the water) is so alarming, is that there have been many more serious and fatal shark attacks off our coastline in the last decade than previously. Again my brother (the “voice of reason”?) says it’s all statistical. There are a lot more people on earth than there were 10 years ago i.e. more people in the water. So then it follows that the sharks can’t help but “bump into us” all the time. But I’ve heard comments from fishermen who go out to sea in boats, that they are seeing a lot more big sharks close to shore. A couple of years ago I heard the comment from one of them that “if you knew what was in the water, you wouldn’t swim in the sea”. Good advice. I haven’t swum in the sea here for years, and I take my holidays in the desert!
Anybody else want to weigh in on this topic?