By Graham Land
The interwebs have been abuzz with indignation over a shark which was found basically lynched in waters off of New South Wales, Australia.
Someone, or more likely several people, stabbed a 2-meter mako shark in its torso and strung it up with rope, leaving it to hang from a buoy by its tail. How or why anyone would attack a shark and leave it as some macabre reminder is anyone’s guess. Who would do such a thing? A marine Vlad the Impaler with a vendetta against sharks, perhaps? Have Beavis and Butthead gone psycho and learned how to dive? Or was it just a bizarre fishing accident?
From the Guardian:
"The mako shark is among the fastest of all sharks, reaching speeds of up to 74km per hour. Although the species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN red list of threatened species, it is legal to fish mako sharks in Australian waters."
Robbert Westerdyk, a diver and marine photographer, discovered the shark and took the chilling pictures that have since appeared in various online articles. See a large version of one of Westerdyk’s photos here.
On the opposite side of the coin there has been a fair bit of shark and whale rescuing in recent days Down Under. Divers in Byron Bay, Australia rescued a critically endangered nurse shark, which had a large hook stuck in its mouth. The three divers secured the 2.4-meter male shark and brought it onto a boat where a veterinarian performed a 25-minute operation to free the hook.
Read more on that story and see a video of the event here. More....