You don't have to be a marine expert to notice sharks have been getting a bad rep lately. But Deep Blue, the great white from Guadeloupe making the rounds on social media, is reportedly the largest white caught on camera and presents a symbol of hope in a world where 100 million sharks are killed per year by humans.
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"A shark of that size is at least 50-years-old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working," explains Mauricio Hoyos Padilla who filmed the footage while working with Pelagios-Kakunjá in Guadeloupe. "Deep Blue has been spared from long lines and the inherent dangers of being in the wild, and somehow she has found her way in the vast ocean."
But Mauricio's discovery is not without trepidation. "This amazingly enormous female is carrying several little baby white sharks, just waiting to be swimming free in the Ocean," he continues. "When white sharks are about to give birth, they get close to the shore and deliver their pups in shallow areas, known as nursery grounds, which are full of food and free of predators. Unfortunately, these areas are close to shore and are very vulnerable to several human threats."
Meanwhile in Australia
The Australian Daily Telegraph recently published an article titled When sharks are eating people, it’s time to cull, scaremongering at its most farcical. Describing sharks as, "Human cullers. Leg maulers. Life destroyers." A sentiment jarringly at odds with the consensus of environmentalists.
Putting shark hysteria into context, 20 to 40 people are killed annually from box jellyfish stings in the Philippines alone. But reportedly, about 200 surfers from beaches around Byron Bay, held a meeting on Monday night in which 95 per cent supported a limited cull focussing on great white sharks which have been regularly spotted in the area.
"Surfers are more environmentally aware than most,” Don Munro, who organised the meeting, told Fairfax Media. “We live in the water, we have an appreciation that we're in their domain but now it's just gone crazy and no one really knows why. The thing is, what price do we put on a [human] life?"
Although the future of shark protection on Australia's East Coast seems uncertain, we're pleased to see a large white shark belie the myth of a blood-thirsty predator intent on hunting humans.