Shark tourism banned in Western Australia

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  1. rwoman
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    Telegraph: Shark tourism banned in Western Australia

    With four deaths, I cannot blame them for making an effort to prevent future problems. Ultimately, there has to be a balance between safety and revenue...but if sharks are not normally in the west, I do not blame them in this instance.


     
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    Now if they can effectively prevent people from feeding the sharks to show them to tourists.....however, I suspect there are more tourists afraid to swimming in the ocean because of the sharks than there are people who want to be lowered into the water as shark bait....er, I mean in a shark cage.
     
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    I'm glad they banned it. Why always danger? Good one Western Australia.:)
     
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    I've done shark cage diving in South Africa and can't say that I felt like bait. Is that how you felt from your experience?

    I do think it's smart to ban cage diving in areas that sharks usually do not congregate in.
     
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    I would rather dive in South Africa outside of cages where Sharks are not fed bait and act in a frenzied predatory manner but in their natural surroundings which imho makes for a better experience.
     
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    I'm not sure that I'd get in the water with sharks outside the protection of a cage... :)
     
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    Divers are relatively big and rather noisy. And generally don't look like dinner to sharks. Most divers I know love to be in the water with sharks. I certainly do.
     
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    An amazing (albeit marginally related) story about a pacific shark saving a fisheman lost at sea:
    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog...ys+in+pacific+says+shark+led+him+to+rescuers/

     
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