Some people get their kicks killing pregnant mothers just for fun, just for the joy and thrill of seeing another creature struggle for its life and loose.
They do! And it is a family affair.
One dead mother...... 12ft Bull shark in Florida Keys
Another dead mother... 13 ft Hammerhead Del Ray Beach
35 More dead babies...
Our very own Mary Omalley (right) and good friend Brendal Davis rushed to the scene and tried to save these pups, but were too late and they were already dead by time they arrived on the beach in Del Ray.
So lets tally this week up.
Florida lost 49 sharks (36 hammerheads & 13 bull sharks), of which 2 were reproductive females likely helping sustain the local nearshore population.
Now I can say that in my opinion, this is really fucked up. But I am not quite finished yet. Check this out. Land Based shark fishing is ILLEGAL in Del Ray Florida.
Just last year a group of conservation minded shark fans banded together and wrote letters to the local politicians and spoke up in front of the city council and told them that they were tired of seeing dead sharks washed up on the beaches.
In the end the city council of Del Ray Beach Florida sided with the sharks and passed a city ordinance making shark fishing from its beaches illegal.
The fishermen countered with arguments that they have a born right to fish and they should be allowed to catch and release sharks whenever they wanted. Apparently these fishermen rarely if ever eat any of the sharks that they do catch, they say that they just love to hear the sound that the reel makes when a big fish takes the line.
This is what I am hearing...Da da ding da da ding, da da ding ding ding ding (theme from Deliverance).
They actually even have clubs and stuff check them out.
Here is a few snips from the South Florida Shark Club Forum.
Wow what a hero!
Then there is this little event which is upcoming here in Florida. But I have to agree with Capt Bill Goldschmitt here, this is just a "Make Me Feel Good Deal". This event is just a spin on shark conservation to appease shark fishermen, make a couple of businessmen a few bucks and to get some other Land Based Shark Fishermen a little notoriety. Nothing but spin. Plain and simple...
A quote from DA SHARK nails it:
"Pragmatically speaking, it's unfortunately the only way forward, at least in the short term - but I still don't like it and have thus refrained from promoting any Shark fishing and specifically, the new format of Shark tournaments, forward looking as they may be. Thing is, I'm still not convinced that they are not merely the brain child of some clever businessmen who want to establish, market and exploit a new business niche by pandering to the eco movement, as opposed to the genuine desire to reform the existing kill tournaments."
How can that be sporting?? WTF??
One very common trait that I have noticed when I have interviewed shark fishermen and watched their videos is that they have a great deal of fear of sharks. Most of these people are deathly afraid of the ocean period. Of course some of them have much greater challenges and issues, as you can see. In my opinion, that simple fact says volumes about their state of mind. That to me explains their belief that what they do is OK.
Shark Killers are afraid of sharks and well, I guess they should be....