Let’s face it, shark humor is dark humor. It is rooted in our fears and imagination…there is something very creepy when you are swimming in the ocean about the possibility that a toothsome shark could manifest ninja-like from the depths and decide to sample a bite – leg, torso, arm, it doesn’t matter- even if the shark decides to spit you out because it accidentally mistook you for a seal. All the same, you are bitten, maybe dead.
And it doesn’t matter what people tell you about the statistics, ask any survivor of lightening strike – the fact that the chances were slim hardly matters if it happens to you.
But what if you are a shark, swimming around looking for a seal or a fish to eat and you get netted, harpooned, or hooked? From that point of view, man-eating-shark (or rather humans-eating-sharks) takes on a whole new meaning.
The year 2011 saw a reported 12 shark deaths worldwide, the most since 1993, according to National Geographic.
By contrast, a new report estimates that humans kill 100 million sharks every year. The scientists behind the report, published in the journal Marine Policy, added that the number of sharks killed could be anywhere between 63 million and 273 million, staggering figures that experts say could drive many shark species to endangerment or even extinction. Huffington Post
Since this is Sunday Funnies I won’t get on the soap box about what we are doing to the oceans, I won’t talk about the role of top predators in keeping things in balance, and I won’t say that it is time we stop killing sharks for their fins or to sooth our fear.
I won’t say that at all.