Sharks don’t Lurk – says Scientist to Reporter

Sharks, great white sharks in particular, were spotted in what seemed to be laerger numbers than usual near popular beaches in Australia. A reporter wanted to find out why there were so many sharks and what can be done to get rid of them. She decided to interview CSIRO Shark Expert Barry Bruce to get to the bottom of why these sharks were “ruining” beaches as officials were closing the beaches down due to increased sightings.

The reporter asked Barry why sharks were “lurking and stalking” close to the East Coast Shores and even called the animals monsters! Barry handled the interview as a scientist should: by using scientific facts! He said the sharks are always in the area in the January months because there is a nursery area in the region. So the sharks weren’t present in the area for hunting a specific food, but there because that is where many of them were born.

The reporter mentioned that people who spotted some of the sharks said they were massive sharks; however, Barry stated that the sharks are typically between 3-5 metres and they are probalby juveniles. He said it was possible ofr someone seeing a larger shark, by that it was not typical.

Barry really stood up to the way the reporter was talking about sharks after she asked him whether any of the sharks would be destroyed if they came too close to the shore. Barry quickly replied that great white sharks are suppose to be there as it is part of their natural life cycle and none of the sharks should be destroyed.

In fact, Barry mentioned that the reporter should stop using words like Stalking, Lurking and Monster as all the sharks are doing is swimming…because that is what they do! Woohoo! What to go Barry!

We need more scientists and conservationists like Barry to make sure people refer to animals and their behaviour correctly to ensure their protection (Great White Sharks are listed as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red list.

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