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A decline in shark feeding is linked to a decline in shark attacks.

Since Florida banned shark feeding in January 2002, shark attacks have sharply declined there. Conversely, over the same four-year interval in South Africa shark attacks have been have sharply increased in the False Bay area where shark feeding is booming.

Don’t feed the sharks…

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(that is not a shark attack… it’s friendly)

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  1. One of the amazing things with sharks is just how friendly they are. Hold out your hand and they will bump it, nudge it, smell it. They will like to meet you. They are curious. When I say this, think about it. Curiousity didn’t kill the cat, it killed sharks world wide.
    Most likely to leave you alone, or just watch you and your behaviour, Sharks are said to be killers. Who are the true killers? The protectors of their homes and family, or the blood thirsty do-anything-for-an-excuse-to-kill ones? I will give you a hint. SSharks are the first one. We will do anything to kill off sharks to eat them, taxidermy them, and just to say so. If someone scares you, you will hit them due to instincts. Well, Sharks don’t have arms. Just the instincts part. Hello, I am JuJu. I am mearly a sophomore in high school, but I wish, and have wished, and will wish to interact with sharks. To expose ttheir true gentl;e side, and the true killers of the ocean, the land, the world. We are hhypocrites! I wish to reach out to people and stop them. Turtle soup stopped because turtles are harmless. Sharks are no ddifferent!Since we die from animals with rabies, does that mean we should kill them all ooff?Capital punishment is an example of our NEED to kill. Ending their life is just a way fof them them get away with it. MMy average in school is a C. I wish to go to URI in my future. I wish to swim with sharks, feed sharks, touch sharks, and be ccurious with sharks. I ask that yyou not need to do the same. Just please, help clear the path for recognition toward the TRUE blood-thirsty killers.

    • Well JuJu, the only problem with your theory is, that a Shark does not consciously decide that he\she is going to eat you, they just do. The only thought that crosses the mid of a Shark is,if its hungry and if your edible, but for the most part, they would just as soon sink there teeth into your flesh, rip a chunk of you off only to spit you out if they don’t like you. If you don’t believe me, google (Shark attack) and check out a few of these extremely dangerous Surfers and these Radical Terrorist snorkelers. I’m sure they will agree with your puppy dog Theory. A little suggestion, Before you go out and try and put a pretty pink bow on a Great White, you may want to finish out school and do a little more home work sweets.Ok pumpkin take care.

        • Jonny
        • Posted April 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm
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        one last comment, all Creatures have a place on the earth. There is a balance in all life, and like the Elton John song goes, The Circle of life. We must all share this earth in every aspect, and also must respect the dangers of being here, but in the Question of Killing sharks? There are many ways Sharks and other creatures are being destroyed and eradicated which is wrong,BUT the balance must be maintained.What would you do if your home or your town was being over run by diseased rats or Rattle snakes.. would you simply move every time, or would you remove the problem. I’m not saying kill all sharks, but the oceans don’t belong to them, and there shouldn’t be any reason I should fear stepping into the ocean due to an over abundance of mindless Meat Eating Drones swimming around. Curious? sorry but no, this isn’t Sesame Street, you run into a Shark there will not be a happy ending, this show has been brought to you by the letters D.E.A.D. Being the superior species on this planet is A gift Given by God giving us the responsibility to maintain that balance. In conclusion, Sharks are the Garbage disposal of the ocean world and a threat to all Sea species. the more sharks there are, the less there is of everything else. if a couple hundred Meat shredding machines with no conciseness, or consciousness of life have to be disposed of to maintain that balance, then let judgment come.

      • Good point Johnny, as much as sidling up to have their nuzzle stroked or to get their belly rubbed might be endearing, the shark is a lethal predator that just does what circumstance requires. Juju should use his hand for shark petting not mine. See this video documentary on shark attacks at the Durban sharks board http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqnTshquB8

    • yep, I didn’t think you would accept my opinion of sharks. oh well

      • If you actually did your research dear Johnny, you would know most shark attacks happen when the sharks mistake humans for seals or other prey. We do not taste nice to them and we are hard to digest. So you say it is our job to keep all the species from over-populating? By your logic, we should also go round killing puppies, kittens and more importantly, people, as we are the number one killers and over-populaters of this planet. We are not superior, we are inferior because we went and screwed up the world with our selfishness and greed. And now most people are to screwed up to put it right. It comes down to a few. And we have to help them in whatever way we can.

  2. hey i’m so intrested about sharks and if you have any personal information or experises please email me cause i’m reseaching sharks for a project and i need more informationwell thankyou!
    bye! love a fan of sharks!!!

    • I can give you some basic information about shark attacks being good and nice in South Africa if you want. PM me if you want the info.

  3. Is’nt the Carcharodon Carcharias the most beautiful animal on earth? We should not kill it off…

  4. hi i am only 10 but i no that killing sharks is wrong i LOVE animals !:) and i think its sick that people kill these magnificent creatures and i hope u do get to help sharks ! i no this is a chezey thing to say but we can change the wold !a fan of animals

  5. sharks are the cutest animals!!!!!
    it would be hurtful to kill them
    🙂

  6. people should not kill sharks 4 no reason.sharks should only b killed in self defense

  7. The picture up there I would like to know the story behind it. It looks a little creepy. Thanks.

  8. i love sharks i have been studying sharks for 4 years

  9. I FLIPIN LOVE SHARKS;
    AT MY SKOOL ME AND MY 3 FRIENDS STARTED A SHARK LOVER CLUB ITS TOTALLY COOL WE ALREADY HAVE25 MEMBERS

    (DONT KILL SHAKS)

    LOVE,
    SHARK GIRL

  10. Sharks are innocent. Stop killing them!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. sharks beautiful creatures….stay out there way…there animals that react like us..must defend

    • not goin to tell ya
    • Posted April 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm
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    i never liked sharks but just dont kill them only if they willl kill ya

  12. i luv sharks!!! dont kill them 4 no reason! i suggest that if they come up 2 u, dont get scared and swim away cause that just provokes them! then they will think ur aa fish!! just say still and wait till it goes away!!!
    STOP KILLING SHARKS!!!

  13. If you saw a great big, sharp toothed shark swimming straight towards you then you wouldnt just stay there calmly and still and you wouldnt just slowly swim away – you would panic!!

    The answer is just dont swim in shark infested waters!!

    Jasmine

  14. WELL FIRST OF ALL WHATS UP WITH THE “dont kill shark love them”
    WHAT IF YOU WERE BEING EATEN BY A SHARK??? WOULD YOU KILL IT?
    IM NOT SAYING I HATE SHARKS OR ANYTHING IM JUST SAYING THEY’RE
    NOT THE SMARTEST ANIMALS IN THE WORLD LIKE ALIGATORS… THOSE
    THINGS ARE NASTY! SHARKS ARE CLEANER. WHEN I WAS A BABY MY DAD HAD AN ALIGATOR FOR A LITTLE BIT AND WHEN HE LET HIM GO IT WENT CRAZY AND TOOK A MICRO PICSE OF SKIN OFF OF HIS FINGER AND IN 5 SECONDS MY DADS WHOLE ARM WAS HURTING REALLY REALLY BAD.BUT ANYWHO SHARKS ARE OK.

  15. YOU ALL ARE MORONS.

    • How exactly? It’s wonderful that people feel so protective over the environment. It’s the good, loving kids who will have to save the world from overfishing, global warming pollution etc, when the present generation has screwed it up.

  16. i agree dont kill sharks they are curious

  17. wow dumbass people

    • lol thats what im sayin I HATE DUMB PEOPLE!!!!

  18. sharks arent mean its just their habbit,its just like you were swimming and you saw a bunch of fresh pizzas and french fries swimming around.. wouldn’t you want to eat it??

  19. this is just my thought i think it is real but i dont think they are going to die or be badly ingerd because the nose on the shark is slitley going past the homens.

  20. i agree with jessica the girl a bove any way sharks onley eat about 10 peopel ever year.

  21. well its jind of dumb when people are gettin in shark infested water and they know that there is sharks in there and they do it anyway! if you risk your on life like that your a complete retard and i don’t understand why you would do somethin like that thats just idiotic!!!!

  22. WOW!! we are super cool! hey you guys lets go jump in shark infestead water and kill our self thats fun……..NOT!!

  23. Methods of Avoiding a Shark Attack
    1: Always send your Mother In Law in the Waters First. Wait for the Bite …..
    2: Send in the Moaning Wife ….
    3: Then, Check with Life Gaurds if it Safe.
    4: If in Doubt …. Dont Swim.
    Tip: If you find it very Difficult to adhere to point 1 & 2 ….. It’s Best for you to jump. Cos Life is hard for you anyway.

  24. ok dont be stupid, i love sharks and i would swim with great whites, but if you know 100% that a shark is attacking you then hit it hard on the nose or eyes(very sensitive to the shark) but if youre not sure that will work then dont pee or anything cos sharks like human urine and will probably attack people that pee in the water more than those that dont…if there is more than one shark its likely that theyre just playing but if more than two attack its not likely youll be lucky…

  25. i agree, sharks only kill about 10 a year and a vending machine kills 10 people every year aswell so dont be stupid, theyre like pet dogs cos i think dogs kill maybe that amount a year? im not sure about the whole dog thing but dont be afraid of them.

  26. sharks are the most beautiful under sea creture in the world i love them 🙂

  27. Very interesting post. Honest.

  28. sharks aren’t mean, nor do they want to meet you. yes there curious about whether they can meat you (if you catch my drift) but that’s a hole different approach. nothing more nothing less. if one bumped you and you freaked and ran like there prey does you’d become a meal real quick, they are testing/tasting you when they bump you. fish do that to bait. if the bait fish isn’t moving they’ll swim up on it and if it doesn’t run they don’t bite. i’m not saying we should exterminate them, they have no malice they’re just animals “predatory animals”. but if they taste good… well a lot of animals we eat are cool looking. heck baby cows and sheep are adorable, unfortunately for them lamb chops and veil happen to be delicious.


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