These last years, we heard loads of different things about sharks attacks and surfers.
Some people agree to say that the ocean is the shark’s territory and surfers have to deal with it and take enough cautions. Others people agree to kill sharks in order to keep safe beaches for surfers, swimmers, divers or tourists.
What do you think? We are interested to know your own opinion? Is there any happy medium there?
For sure sharks and surfers don’t mix together. One is at home and try to survive by feeding themselves. The other is passionate about surfing waves
If we take things intrinsically, the priority goes to the shark on this territory because it’s a primary necessity compared to a surfer who want to have fun.
But if we take thinks intrinsically, it means we are all at the same level, so we can consider a surfer like an animal. Therefore, animals defends themselves by attacking their ennemies in order to protect their territory. Right?
From this point of view, surfers should kill sharks?
In my opinion, it’s more complicated than that. We need to remember the important place of sharks in the whole environment. We need to think larger.
Sharks play a very important role in the oceans in a way that an average fish does not. Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem.
Sharks keep food webs in balance. Sharks are at the top of these webs and are considered by scientists to be “keystone” species, meaning that removing them causes the whole structure to collapse. For this reason, the prospect of a food chain minus its apex predators may mean the end of the line for many more species. A number of scientific studies demonstrate that depletion of sharks results in the loss of commercially important fish and shellfish species down the food chain, including key fisheries such as tuna, that maintain the health of coral reefs.
Sharks keep prey populations healthy.
Predatory sharks prey on the sick and the weak members of their prey populations, and some also scavenge the sea floor to feed on dead carcasses. By removing the sick and the weak, they prevent the spread of disease and prevent outbreaks that could be devastating.
Sharks keep sea grass beds and other vital habitats healthy.
Through intimidation, sharks regulate the behavior of prey species, and prevent them from overgrazing vital habitats. Some shark scientists believe that this intimidation factor may actually have more of an impact on the ecosystem than what sharks eat.
Whatever our opinion here, by being either a shark support or a surfer support, the main idea is « we need sharks ». Where sharks are eliminated, the marine ecosystem loses its balance.