Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

April 5, 2010

Anderson Cooper reports on Great whites in South Africa

WARNING! THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC FOOTAGE OF A LIVE SHARK BEING FINNED. It made me cry. I cannot watch shark finning - it took me by surprise and I had to immediately fast-forward.
My thoughts on this CBS piece? It's CBS, not PBS. Mike Rutzen, from what we are told, is big-hearted and well-meaning; but he is not a scientist - that I know of. This is dangerous stuff. Also, based on this reporting, his objectives are in the right place. And, if his business helps people overcome their fears, and it may be a just cause.
Anderson is right and wrong about sharks - they are intellegent, but I do not think we will never understand the true complexity of their intellegence. We do not, and will never, speak thier language.
I believe in general, we ought to admire them from afar. Do not feed. Do not tempt. Catch and release.
I will share a story about a shark tooth and my finger in a later post...

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