Needless slaughter in the water Miranda Devine March 5, 2009 http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/needless-slaughter-in-the-water- 20090304-8oh2.html?page=1 I'm not convinced I agree with her. I think some activities are exciting because of the nature of the risk involved. I think surfers and beach goers appreciate the risk* and are happy with a live and let live policy for sharks. I reckon devine is a large pasty woman who maybe dips her foot in the water once per year (opinion of course) which makes me ask, is she the right person to be talking about this? I wonder how many surfers she approached to seek their opinions. I wonder whether she actually talked to any of the victims to see what they thought of this quote: Surfing or swimming in the ocean is intrinsic to the Australian way of life. Humans have as much right to be in there as sharks Personally I find the part about human's right to be there a bit ridiculous. But then again, I find most of what dribbles out MD's lips to be gobsh!te. I see this similar to a call to ban motorbikes after a crash resulting in a fatality. What do you think? Do you think she has a point? Should sharks be culled (through removal of protected status so that fishing for great whites is legal , drum lines, or nets) because we humans fancy a swim after work? Do we have as much right to be there as the sharks? Does MD dribble out gobsh!te? *NB, swimming at dusk or dawn is risky as this is when the sharks come into shallower waters to feed - from memory this is when the attacks have been happening. Anyone using the ocean should really be aware of this.