By now most of the world has heard about the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden involving Harambe, a silverback gorilla, and a three-year-old boy. As I listened, watched, and pondered the story my heart went out to the authorities at the zoo who were forced to make the difficult decision to put the endangered creature down. As I’m sure with many people, my mind was flooded with questions. Why couldn’t they have tranquilized the animal instead of killing him?
Anyone who even passively watches the news would be able to recall the publicity of Mick Fanning warding off a curious shark by attempting to punch it while competing at last summer’s World Surf League Jay Bay Open. If only shark determent was that simple. Of all the shark incidents in the world, just over one quarter of them happen in Australia. Now as a budding shark lover I have to point out as frightening as those statistics appear, the chances of encountering a shark is
I recently saw what I thought to be a warm, fuzzy story about the increase in population of the grey seal in Cape Cod. The story made me smile for two reasons: who doesn’t love a grey furry seal? But more importantly, as a result of this seal explosion, the shark population has increased. Why? Due to the almighty food chain, sharks feed on seals. Considering sharks are the apex of the underwater ecosystem, one would assume shark and seal conservation efforts are equally impor