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Shark warning signs posted in Haleiwa - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Well at least us living in Hawaii do not go and kill great whites and tigers just because we think we might get bit, unlike them Australians.
The first sentence in that article says, "An 8-foot long, non-aggressive shark was spotted Tuesday at a surfbreak at Alii Beach in Haleiwa." Everyone must have been reassured with that! Of course, whites and tigers are man-eaters, and he who shoots first wins...and we certainly kill our fair share of whites and tigers on the US East Coast.
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The first sentence in that article says, "An 8-foot long, non-aggressive shark was spotted Tuesday at a surfbreak at Alii Beach in Haleiwa." Everyone must have been reassured with that! Of course, whites and tigers are man-eaters, and he who shoots first wins...and we certainly kill our fair share of whites and tigers on the US East Coast.
Here in Hawaii, an aggresive shark is one jumping out of the water- no lie. A non agressive shark is one gently swimming. Chances are the 8 foot shark was a tiger. You can also bet the sufers cleared the water and gave way to the shark.

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Shark warning signs posted in Haleiwa - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Well at least us living in Hawaii do not go and kill great whites and tigers just because we think we might get bit, unlike them Australians.
Absolutely and those responsible should hang there heads in shame.

In our defence we are talking about Western Australia. One should try and make allowances, charitable thoughts and all that.

My concern is that as whale numbers grow and they start to become inconvenient to us , what with the cost of repairing the nets they inconsiderately will get tangle in, there will be calls for a cull.

As for sharks .... using my country as an example .... there have been some 700 reported shark attacks since 1788 when the colony was first established with some 200 fatalities. Meanwhile millions of sharks are killed each and every year, most simply for their fins.
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Absolutely and those responsible should hang there heads in shame.

In our defence we are talking about Western Australia. One should try and make allowances, charitable thoughts and all that.

My concern is that as whale numbers grow and they start to become inconvenient to us , what with the cost of repairing the nets they inconsiderately will get tangle in, there will be calls for a cull.

As for sharks .... using my country as an example .... there have been some 700 reported shark attacks since 1788 when the colony was first established with some 200 fatalities. Meanwhile millions of sharks are killed each and every year, most simply for their fins.
While I am partial to commercial fishermen and those native cultures that subsist on fishing, the business of cutting the fins off sharks is simply despicable. It just shows how ineffective and useless attempts at fisheries management is on a global scale. I once took a very informative grad class in Fisheries Management, taught by JL McHugh, (past pres. of the International Whaling Commission). He conveyed to us the difficulty of coming to any consensus with other countries on how to avoid over-exploitation of fisheries. Shark fin soup was not even an issue back then because shark populations were high. Not so now.
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I woke up to a humpie scratching her back on our Keel once in alaska at anchor .. more then a little scary.
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Something I've never understood is how finning can be so despicable when we still have shark fishing tournaments and commercial shark fishing where the animal is equally dead yet very few seem concerned about these things...fisheries management is near impossible to get right in this country. It's just as bad or worse in others, but we need to clean up our own house and then work on the high seas and cross jurisdictional areas.

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I woke up to a humpie scratching her back on our Keel once in alaska at anchor .. more then a little scary.
Seriously? That actually sounds pretty cool. I did a night transit in my boat up the California coast with visibility less than 10 feet. We heard a number of humpbacks breaching around us and could also hear their calls through the hull. It never entered my mind that this could be dangerous. I guess I fear other things, and not the animals, except maybe for cnidarians when I'm diving.
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Be glad that there are still these magnificient creatures in the water...
They are no danger to us, we are the danger...
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Re: Dangers of Whales

Won't help you in Hawaii, but there's an app for that on the East coast: Whale Alert!
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I think some of you should quit sailing, and take up golf.
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