Huge Tiger Shark caught in Aussie Tournament

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
12. March 2012

Date: 03. March 2012.

Location: Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.

Species: Tiger shark ( Galeocerdo cuvier ).

Weight:  587.50 kg ( ca. 1295 lbs ).

The specimen (photo below) was caught on the 3rd day of the 2012 Nautilus Boat Insurance Interclub Tournament.

Angler Tristan Davis made his impressive catch aboard the boat ‘Topaz’ (Central Coast GFC). It ‘s the heaviest shark of the tournament.

The fishermen, who participated in this New South Wales Interclub competition, caught a total of 33 sharks ( 16 taken / 17 released ). But the main target species was the marlin with 267 reported specimens ( 13 taken / 254 released ).

Here are the other shark-related results and statistics of the 2012 Nautilus Marine Boat Insurance Interclub Tournament :

Day 1 – Heaviest Shark:
Species: Tiger shark ( Galeocerdo cuvier ).
Weight: 463.50 kg ( ca. 1022 lbs ).
Angler: David Firth.
Boat: Dark Horse.
Club: Botany Bay GFC Inc.

Day 2 – Heaviest Shark:
Species: Tiger shark ( Galeocerdo cuvier )
Weight: 531.60 kg  ( ca. 1172 lbs )
Angler: Brian Forbes.
Boat: No Excuse.
Club: Newcastle & Port Stephens GFC.

Port Macquarie GFC Trophy – angler who tags/ releases most sharks:
Angler: James McGinty.
Number of Sharks: 4
Boat: Alcatraz.
Club: Port Macquarie GFC.

Tournament Statistics:

Shark Captures:
Tiger shark : 11
Mako shark : 3
Whaler shark : 1
Hammerhead shark : 1
Total : 16

Shark Tag / Release:
Hammerhead shark : 11
Tiger shark : 3
Whaler shark : 3
Total: 17

Source: NSW Game Fishing Association. Photo: Shellharbour Game Fishing Club.

 

 

 

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212 Comments

  1. Ian Cooper

    Pretty damning stats, ~50% sharks released compared to ~95% marlin “the target species”. As for the Tiger above, what a sad state of affairs, a waste of an animal for “sport”

  2. Wendy Gibson

    What a tragic waste! Killing such amazing apex preditors for the so called ‘sport’ of a competition! No wonder our oceans are in the state they are. They could at least catch, tag & release & actually try & help these creatures survive instead of playing at matcho big hunter! So sad as this looked like an amazing shark!

    • Eithne Taaffe

      I agree, instead of hunting them to extinction we should be learning about them and their habitat. A tragic waste and a lost opportunity. Very sad.

    • Paul

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! BIG MEN….REAL MACHO JERKS, AND WHO SUFFERS, ALL OF US, SINCE OUR OCEANS ARE RIGHT NOW TOTALLY DEPLETED OF GODS APEX CREATION TO ENABLE THE OCEANS ECOSYSTEM TO RUN PERFECTLY WITH EACHOTHER, HAND IN HAND. I GOT NEWS FOR EVERYONE, THOUGH MANY ALREADY KNOW THIS, “OUR OCEANS AND REEFS ARE SCREWED”…THANKS TO MACHO MEN LIKE THESE JERKS AND ASIANS DAMM SHARK FIN SOUP..WILL FIND OUT, IT WASN’T WORTH IT!!!!

      • Mik

        Paul what is going on with you? My god! Oh no our oceans are screwed because we put so much chemicals and other things in our oceans. We need to have regulated hunts So you would rather starve then eat a shark if you were on an island with no FRIGGING food? Paul I dont know about you but if it comes down to me and Sharky HELLO SHARK FIN SOUP

        • Lauren

          Totall agree with you Paul…. very small minds support killing off sharks… they just don’t understand the implications of what killing off sharks means… and Mik, here’s a lesson for you – sharks are to the ocean what trees are to the land… without them we won’t last long.

          • Mik

            Then Lauren what do we do? I do agree but how do we NOT over fish the sharks? Because Mark my words the other fish will be on the verge of extinction as well! Well not Jellyfish though

        • Lauren

          I was told a long time ago that you cannot educate pork…… so I’m going to take that advice and not bother with you anymore Mik.

          • Mik

            Yeah I agree when there people like you not willing to talk and have there heads up there assess like yourself its time to end the discussion because the only real thing you want too do is just protest and then kill the fisherman! Kinda like the people who want the baby but not the docters! Its okay to murder and kill the docters! That really helps there cause life is just the BABY!

    • Caroline

      I completely agree. Anyone who disagrees is arrogant and just simply not educated on this

  3. Jill Hirschi

    ICurrently sharks are being killed in a record high number between 73-100 Million sharks are killed every year, although there are on 6-7 million sharks born every year. This killing is not sustainable. Also sharks cannot be used to eat since sharks contain high level of Methyl Mercury which is one of the biologically most active and most dangerous poisons for men. Sharks have continued to decline with 90 percent of shark kill over the last few decades, and in some areas have been killed in amounts as high as 99 percent. If the same trend continues, it wouldn’t be long before the names of endangered sharks will be transferred from the list of endangered animals to the list of extinct animals. And Tiger sharks are one of the sharks that is on the endangered animal list! Since sharks are VITAL to the ocean’s ecosystem, which provides the world with 70-80 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, water, food, and climate change we need to protect it, NOT make it worse. With the ocean already dying with corals disappearing, over fishing of the Ocean, and Ocean Acidification with the last 250 years, oceans have absorbed 530 billion tons of CO2, triggering a 30 percent increase in ocean acidity. This crap needs to stop NOW! Only this this contest proves is how useless and stupid humans are. STOP IT NOW!

    • Mik

      well why cant we have have regulated hunts?

    • Mik

      Well I agree with you on we need to reduce the hunting but where did the sharks get the Methyl Mercury from US! So how can we eat seafood? This is also tons of crap we do on land as well! We need to stop and think about having more regulated hunts instead of an all out slaughter

      • Jill Hirschi

        Methyl Mercury is comes from the earth and smaller fish eat it and then the bigger fish like the sharks eat the smaller fish and it stores in there system. FDA and EPA both say that you shouldn’t eat shark meat because of it. Also β-Methylamino-L-alanine, or BMAA, is a neurotoxin that is found in shark meat. But really 100 million sharks are killed every year, that is 3 every second. However, only 6.5 million sharks are born a year that is a outright slaughter of sharks why have a regulated hunt when sharks are useless when killed but valuable when alive?

        • Mik

          Well we need to repopluate the oceans with sharks. how are the valuable alive?

          there are tons of animals you havent talked about that are on the verge of extinction like the coral reefs and smaller creatures you never see but I dont see you defend them

          • Jill Hirschi

            We need to repopulated the Ocean and pretty much all animals, and sharks are one of them. But live sharks are worth 2 Million in people just coming to see them genius. Look it up. But I defend all animals but sharks are part of the ecosystem and since they are a top predator a valuable one and killing one for sport is one of the coldest ruthless killing of them all! Honestly humans are cocky and they are the meanest thing are earth.

          • Mik

            Well I do agree with you on that! YEAH I knew that nut case! cold ruthless your crazy! When did become cold and ruthless to hunt for your food? Yeah some are cocky others are too obtuse like yourself!

          • Jill Hirschi

            So killing a animal for a trophy is not cold or ruthless? But if a shark accidently bites a human when it is looking for food is cold and ruthless you make no sense and have no right to call other people a nut case. But this people are not looking for food they are looking for the biggest kill and probably money too that has nothing to do with food. Plus your not even suppose to eat Shark. So are you calling me fat?

          • Mik

            Tell me jill how is it cruel and ruthless? Sharks attuck humans all the time I dont see Human defend the other humans. Just its not the sharks fault its the humans fault so was it Steve Irwins fualt for the sting ray killing him?

            So in the old days we should have just eaten berries and nuts?

          • Jill Hirschi

            Sharks do not attack all the time maybe you need to better educate yourself on the situation but only really happens with mistaken identity, you don’t die from being eaten its blood loss, or if they are starving to death and are on the verve of death. Sharks don’t like the taste of humans they manly like the fatter meat. So killing for trophies is not cruel and ruthless. I didn’t say anything about berries and nuts did I, that was you so. So if you are so smart how would you fix ocean acidification, dead zones, temperature of the sea,and overfishing. That will create another mass extinction.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya that is true, but its the same with humans, if you are in a plane crash and there is nothing to eat its not a crime to eat another person to stay alive so if its okay for humans think its okay for sharks too. But what would you create fake reefs out of because you would need a lot and tons of them. But some fish like the great whites only survive in the ocean so what about animals like that? Dead zones are low oxygen areas where fish cannot survive and they suffocate to death and population doesn’t change the temp. its mostly the carbon in the ocean that is rising the temp and increasing the ph balance so the fish and shells are eaten from the outside in so even if you did the fish farm and put them in the ocean they would die from no oxygen and the ph balance.

          • Mckenzie

            Well dum dum you are on a shark forum.

            Why are you so goddamn defensive about hunting sharks? Its clear theres a problem here and they are dying out of the oceans fast and without them we die. Get it? in other words we need sharks to stay alive. 

            Mik you are a giant MORON! My friend!

          • Mckenzie

            I think we can all agree that Mik needs to go away from this forum.

        • Mik

          No they dont attuck all the time. well if there hungry enough a shark can consume you whole and leave only the trunks! Oh no not if the animal can escape. Well I would create articial reefs and for the over fishing I would create fish farms and what are dead zones? For the temp I would try to keep the trash out of the oceans. Or create spaces in the oceans to put stuff for a reef

        • Mik

          Jill dont you think we have to start somewhere? Well morter and plaster and you can create scupltures and put it in Florida or any of the tropical zones so scuba divers can go see and there is even a Neptune reef for the dead. Now it would be interesting to get a full body coffin in the ocean for people who want to be at the Neptune reef. Well as for the dead zones we go use areas that are not dead zones and if there are dead zones create reefs and sink ships cars houses or steel houses buildings plus I think we need to try to create places to have for scuba divers like a wet bar in the ocean! LOL we are doing some good like the Under water Museum in Cancun Mexico

          • Jill Hirschi

            Think you will take this more serious when you dying from no oxygen, no water and food. But dead zones don’t sink ships or create reefs they just kill all animals that live there and they spread fast.

          • Mik

            but how are dead zones created? Well some people die from waking up in the morning we dont know when we are going to die do we?

          • Jill Hirschi

            well it would help with the runoff and overfishing so the ecosystem could be back in check and phytoplankton to increase and remove the carbon and change it to oxygen

          • Mik

            well i agree with getting the ecosystem back up but we have differences of views of how that should be done! How do we change the carbon into Oxygen. You know we cant and I believe we shouldnt stop fishing but we should have more tighter regulations on fishing and how much we can fish. Plus we need to have also regulations for swimmers and scuba divers for what we can do on the beach or the coral Reefs. Some say that going to the scuba sites is wrong because of the carbon Monixde going into the air

          • Jill Hirschi

            Okay so how do you think we could fix the ocean and the ecosystem with trawling, coral bleaching, toxic algae blooms etc. You have to have more phytoplankton to change the carbon into oxygen, but with the overfishing the fish eat the phytoplankton and they can’t do it. Good luck changing the protection of the ocean to more than 1 percent protected. But the carbon is more likely to be absorbed into the ocean than the air. Some great people that talk about the oceans Sylvia Earle and Jeremy Jackson.

        • Mik

          why did you hate going fishing?

        • Mik

          well I dont think we need trawling because that is indiscrimanate about what it catches.

          I think its a complex issue that we need to discuss since there are no easy answers. I mean with the oceans we need to try to be more conservation and if we do catch a big whale shark let it go. For the other sharks only a certain number and use the whole shark or find uses for the whole shark. How can we have vegatable oil for fuel for boats? Plus how do you think we can get to have more control or more animals protected but also a limit on how much you can catch.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya but a lot of fishing is indiscrimanate like long lining, and nets, plus trawling just levels the ocean food. But most sharks are overfish where 90 percent of them are gone so I think now if you catch a shark just let it go, not only whale sharks. So what do you think they should use the whole shark for? But I have no idea about fuel for boats, don’t know a lot about boats. Ya I think the same thing were we should be careful about how much animals we are taking from the ocean and the population that is left

          • Mik

            Yeah I know which sucks. For getting the fish in the nets what they do is exhuast the whale then kill it. I do like getting the whale shark to work for them but not to kill it after getting all the fish for them. I agree with that we need to careful about how much animals we are taking from the oceans and popluations that is left

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya that does suck but the whale sharks are not the only ones being killed by nets, its turtles, dolphins, other sharks, anything that swims into the nets are killed. Also on beachs they have shark nets but all those do is kill anything that swims into the nets and then the sharks come to eat whatever is on the net and are killed swimming out of the beach. So I don’t understand why you think we need to be careful on what we are taking from the sea but your okay with competition that kills the biggest sharks we have left?

        • Mik

          Well I agree with you on the drift nets how does that help us since it kills everything. I am not all right with killing them by the thousands All I am saying is we need regulated hunts and try to find a solution to the nets

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya we are ruthless killers that kill everything. But we are not killing them by the thousands its in the millions now. But we don’t need hunts right now we need to just stop because we have taken out 90-99 percent of them so I think we are done for a long time

          • Mik

            and we are breeders so whats new? Well then who do we hunt then?

          • Jill Hirschi

            We are breeders? Okay what animal do we not kill then?

          • Mik

            YEP we go to the sperm and egg banks all the time! but thats another issue! For this issue why not take some of my suggestions? If we stopped fishing then how would fisherman make there living? You know Asian carp they have invaded the Greats Lakes and the Missippi River so now there over popluated. In china there is no Asian carp anymore its only in america. Plus the Lion Fish has invaded Florida. Invasive clams are invading a lakes. What do we do about that? Well we kill humans in the name of war.

          • Jill Hirschi

            What are you talking about sperm and egg banks??? Okay what if the ocean fail and ALL animals are gone then, how would fisherman make a living? But I didn’t say stop on all fishing slow down on all fishing, and stop and ALL endangered animals that would include sharks. But you know sharks have few young and mature late so they aren’t going to overpopulate as fast as other animals and I don’t think you understand that. But you cannot name ONE animal that humans don’t murder and kill.

          • Mik

            I am talking about how man knock themselves up with sperm and how your saying humans are selfish there selfish not just the oceans getting back to the oceans Humans have to murder and kill as you call it then what would happen if we stopped killing them? There would be no food for the humans plus we dont eat all animals we dont eat the black widow do we?

          • Jill Hirschi

            What does sperm have ANYTHING to do with sharks? not just the oceans getting back to the oceans? Seriously you make no sense. I don’t know what would happen if we stopped killing, will never know because it will never happen, but if that did happen there still would be food, you aren’t suppose to eat that much meat anyways to be healthy. If you are talking about the black widow spider probably not that much if at all but we still kill it, so good luck finding something.

          • Mik

            I was saying how we are destorying ourselves with sperm and egg and how your saying we kill all the animals. Well did you know that vegans die of the same diseases as people who eat the meat

          • Jill Hirschi

            Okay are you talking about how we overpopulating? But we do kill all the animals on the planet, unless you can say one animal that we have not killed, lions, bears, sharks, whales, dolphins, flies, spiders, etc all of which we kill. Never said vegans are in better shape, I actually eat meat but not very often and not a lot because I DO think that we eat ALOT more than we should and its making people fat and the way the kill most of the animals is sickening!

          • Mik

            and in turn the animals kill us. We eat alot yes and not the correct foods. plus we sit on our butts doing nothing and on the computer. Since we are not going to have a ban on shark fin what do you propose we do?

          • Jill

            Ya that is very true animals do kill us but no where near how much we kill them, plus we kill all there food supply so what do you except them to do when they are starving. But we do eat a lot and just sit on our butts. But I suggest that we stop killing all ocean animals because we overfished it already so we need to stop on all killing of endangered animals and slow down on the rest

          • Mik

            I dont know but we need to co-exist with them and need to use them as a food source. I do agree with some of what your saying but how is the question. I think we both want the same thing but how do we go about doing that?

          • Jill

            Ummm why do we need to use them as a food source? You realize that is not the only thing we can eat? But I agree that we need to co-exist with them, but can you honestly tell me that we are co-existing with them? We throw out tons in bycatch have this stupid killing a big shark show off things. I honestly think we can be smarter about it and small chances that we could make would help in that, but honestly don’t think people will ever do it because they are basically greedy little hookers that will do anything for a buck

          • Mik

            Oh because we are the apex predators that way. Or because we need them as a food source. As for the reefs if you choose to go scuba diving you will see how wonderful it is and how fish and other creatures make homes of the reefs.

          • Jill

            Ya we are apex predators too, but we are all out killers, sharks are careful on what they kill and look for the weak and dying. Ya I get how reefs are awesome and beautiful but I would rather have real reefs than fake ones

          • Mik

            I agree with you on the reefs

  4. Ivan van Heerden

    Completely ridiculous!! Why make a marlin fishing tournament about sharks? Or is this to generate publicity when they are displayed at the docks. I only hope the public becomes as revolted by this as they were in the days when Marlin were hung up and then wasted.

    • Mik

      Well I wouldnt waste my catch! It would be on the wall or chopped up and eaten

      • Jill Hirschi

        Really killing a shark just to be put on the wall? People are the one that are cold a ruthless killers and are not very bright shark meat has high levels of Mercury, Lead, BMAA, and Arsenic that lead to serious medical issues and sometimes even death.

        • Mik

          OH YEAH! god why is that stupid! Oh killers of the chicken and pigs and cows? Now your just being crazy animal PETA nutcase! Yeah thats because of what we do to the oceans. Oh Jill have you ever been fishing? If you have you will know its not exciting to come home empty handed and you will know that when you catch it you can eat it and know you caught it. Kinda like what our ANCESTORS DID!! Or should we eat vegabtles that cows and chickens have crapped all over it?

          • Jill Hirschi

            There is a difference between sharks and chicken pigs and cows, sharks already have been overfished some areas they are 99% gone, can you say the same thing about the other animals? Yes I have been fishing, but we are already killing our oceans and ya it must suck to come home empty handed but if we continue the oceans will be empty by 2050. At that time the ocean will fail, and because the oceans give us food, water, oxygen, climate change, and other things that are VITAL to our survival I don’t care what our ancestors did we need to save the oceans and the animals so we can save ourself. Plus you can even eat sharks because of all the toxins in it. So maybe you should grow up from you caveman ways and do stuff better. So time to grow up or shut up!

        • Mik

          Oh no but the PETA are so crazy they want a meatless world. I do agree we need to save our oceans but how? Yes its vital but you cant be a nut case and say we are killing our oceans there are some positive things coming out of it. Oh yeah you can the toxins in sharks are what we put in the oceans. Haha your funny

          • Jill Hirschi

            Didn’t I ever say anything about a meatless world? Honestly I think it is fine but in small portions I think we have gone crazy on eating meat and it seriously need to go down. But look at this http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/outreach/advice_index.cfm says it because of us. But you must not think its vital when you believe in mindless killings so I don’t believe that crap, but you don’t believe that the oceans give us life?

          • Mik

            Jill eating vegatables and fruits need to go down as well but we all know that isnt going to happen. No I believe in hunting within REASON that is! Not an all out slaughter! Yes I do believe the oceans give us life but to say that guy is a murderer thats going too far

          • Jill Hirschi

            So you think that 3 sharks dying every second for a total of 100 million sharks dying a year is out right slaughter? But ya it kinda is helping murderer because if they help kill the ocean and the ocean dies, how many people do you think would survive?

          • Mik

            I think this is a very complex issue and we need to discuss it more since people want sea food and the fisherman need the catch. Well I dont know it hasnt happened yet. Did you know that Alligators its illegal to hunt in Florida but now there is alligators all over the place since they bred like rabbits. So okay we can let them popluate the oceans where does that leave Us? Since then its not safe in the oceans since there so many sharks.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya I ger that the fisherman need a catch to live but what happens to them if it continues like it is now and we kill all the animals in the ocean by 2050. How are the fisherman going to survive then, how will anyone of us survive? That may be true on alligators but sharks are a different animal and tmature slowing between 13-15 years and have few young. However, with the numbers how they are now and the reproduction of sharks that would take a long time. Facts are more people are killed by falling coconuts, toasters, vending machines, high school football, being murdered, roller coasters, jellyfish, dogs, ants, falling out of bed, etc than sharks so that would take a long time before that happened. Maybe it would be easier to win if you had more facts? But just a hint

        • Mik

          well we need regulated hunts and we need to breed the animals in aquirums. Well why cant we take the eggs of the tigar shark and encubate them somwhere since the bigger shark is eating his/her brothers and sisters? Yes all you say is true. although how would you deal with the sharks that could help us like the whale shark? They have been used to get other fish in the nets and then they get exhuasted and then killed instead of killing them why not let them have some of the catch and release them?

          • Jill Hirschi

            Because most sharks don’t live in aquariums they die. Like great whites are endangered and they die after a couple weeks in aquariums, because of the Electroreception they get thrown off in aquariums so that is not possible. By the way its a tiger shark. What are you talking about you talking about killing them and catching a releasing them? But as for the whale sharks we kill them too even though they could never kill us.

          • Mik

            Well I am not talking about them then I am talking about the whale shark in the Goergia Aquirum. Well why is it only the great whites? Other sharks can live in aquirums? Some we kill and eat some we let go and tag. Well again balance.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya that is true Whale sharks and some other sharks can live in aquariums but others like the great white die after a couple of weeks. They don’t know why they can’t survive but sharks are very smart animals and they are older than dinosaurs so they are very evolved. Eating shark meat leads to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig Disease, •Damage to the developing brain of the fetus resulting in mental disabilities.
            •Interference with a child’s brain development (even at low doses).
            •Increased incidence of autism in children exposed to mercury.
            •Interference with blood pressure regulation in adults.
            •Increased risk of heart disease.
            •Neurological problems including memory loss and chronic fatigue.
            •Low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and even sterility in men. Do you want that?

  5. What a disgrace for this to still be going on in Australia! 

    • Mik

      whats wrong with it we cant fish?

      • Lily

        Mik shut the f. up already. You’ve asked the same dumb question to every single poster here so far and not listened to any one of them when they reply. If you do not understand by now you will never understand even if you ask every person on earth.

        You are nothing but a senseless troll without the ability to think higher than yourself. Shut up already, you will NEVER get the point because you don’t want to. You’re wasting our time and yours.

        • Mik

          Lily kiss me where the sun doesnt shine! KAY! Oh I understand more then you realize since in your little world we need to stop eating meats! I am not the one going on about how shameful of an act it too hunt for our foods you are

  6. Carrie Selting

    Shameful.

  7. Matt R

    Senseless waste of a magnificent creature. Shame.

  8. Ryan

    Remarkable. It’s remarkable how men who have small dicks are still allowed to vent their anger for being incapable of pleasing a lady by treating nature like their own punching bag. These are not the actions of a dominant species, but a pathetic attempt by a bored human to feel good about himself through senseless destruction of an animal who is more important to the earth than he will ever be.

  9. Nucleus

    Shame on you Tristan Davis.

    • Mik

      Oh come on! Nucleus! As long as we dont have an all out slaughter its okay. if it comes down to me being eaten or the shark Good BYE Sharky!

      • Jill Hirschi

        you realize that sharks don’t really kill that many people the chances of being killed by a shark are lower than 1 in 260 million, the chances of being murdered are 1 in 19 thousand, does that justify killing people like we kill sharks?

        • Mik

          yeah I do. as I have said before we need regulated hunts to hunt them and trying to use the entire shark.

          • Jill Hirschi

            You can’t use the entire shark without poisioning people. So how would you use it?

          • Mik

            I dont know but if it comes down to me and the shark the shark is going to die now if you want you can have the shark kill you since thats what you want

          • Jill Hirschi

            Who said the shark was going to kill anyone? The people fishing for them are in boats so how do you suppose the shark was going to kill them? But honestly I don’t care I’m going to die anyways so don’t really care on how

        • Mik

          I am talking when your on a small boat and there is the vast ocean and you see a shark you can eat! Sharks wait for there prey and sometimes there prey is human by mistake.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Like I said a million times before you can’t eat sharks. Eating shark meat leads to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig Disease, •Damage to the developing brain of the fetus resulting in mental disabilities.
            •Interference with a child’s brain development (even at low doses).
            •Increased incidence of autism in children exposed to mercury.
            •Interference with blood pressure regulation in adults.
            •Increased risk of heart disease.
            •Neurological problems including memory loss and chronic fatigue.
            •Low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and even sterility in men. But even on a small boat there would be nothing done. But ya rarely a shark bites a human but falling coconuts and jellyfish kill more people so maybe we should take care of them first.

          • Mik

            Its not all together proven! Well those diseases could be eating some tin foil by mistake too so its not just the sharks. Well I think we need to take care of everything and we are not doing a good job of any of it!

          • Jill Hirschi

            IT is proven there are tons of website that say that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that and University of Miami study has discovered high concentrations of BMAA in shark fins. If you want to risk erectile dysfunction and alzheimers disease go right ahead but my grandpa had alzheimers and its a horrible disease so good luck you will probably die before the world is screwed anyways

          • Lana

            Jill,
            PETA says the same thing about eating any type of non Vegan diet as UM says about sharks. O’h yes we heard the same thing about Tuna years ago.
            Mik,
            Fisherman do deserve to make a living, but here in the USA a 33 shark per trip limit with the price of diesel you have to be a fool to think you are going to make anything.

          • Mik

            so Lana what do we do? Well some PETA vegans are nuts because they still have the same diseases as people who eat meat. Plus PETA say milk is bad goats milk is bad etc etc. I do think they have some good points but they go overboard all the time! They got Keiko the whale out of the aquiruim guess what happened! We need to care for the animals in captivity and be the watch dog for those animals. You cant just take a captive bred animal and release it. For sharks I do think we need to have regulated hunts and try to learn more about the sharks and see how if we do consume them how to do it without killing them all OFF

          • Jill Hirschi

            ya Lana I get it but its not only peta that says it, it is also EPA and FDA that also say that since 2004, here is the website to prove it http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/outreach/advice_index.cfm Also University of Miami study has discovered high concentrations of BMAA in shark fins. BMAA is a neurotoxin linked to neurodegenerative diseases. So none of those are Peta

        • Mik

          at least your grandfather is in his haze of happiness! well i think if people are dying of degentive diseases there is Hari Kari Japanese suicide. thats another issue we need to deal with people say its good to live with that disease and we shouldnt commit suicide. as for the sharks well what about sharks that are born in captivity? How much mercury do they have?

          • Jill Hirschi

            No he was in a haze of confusion and mostly scared, he was never very happy just pissed off. But instead of commiting suicide how about we just don’t eat sharks. But they would probably have the same but it depends on where the food comes from.

          • Mik

            Well i have to disagree we need more Euntizing people. Like we Humanly Euthainze animals. How about we have regulated hunts and we could have massive aquiruims for hunts and one area is off limits to the hunters so if the sharks go to that threshold you cant hunt for the shark? Yeah I agree it does depend on where the food comes from. I think it would be nice to have a Greenland shark in a aquirium and scuba dive with it

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya I get that and have no problem with it, but why eat shark meat when its poison and there is other types of food seems kinda stupid and a waste. But I think we should just protect more than less than 1 percent of the ocean. But you couldn’t do that they like very cold water so if its too warm they couldn’t live

          • Jill

            because we are killing the reefs that is why

        • Mik

          Well I do agree we do over fish and the climate is changing thats why we are seeing so many species that are deep deep down in the oceans. well some sharks have been reported to have gone into fresh water. there is the Quebec Shark that somehow got to the Great Lakes. now I agree with you we are over fishing them.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya thats why I’m confused on why you think this is such a good thing so if you could explain that it would be easier. But ya the shark that can go into fresh water is a bull shark and they live in both salt and fish water.

          • Mik

            I agree with the hunting but not to extinction. Thats what I believe in. I am saying is mercury in the sharks that are in aquirium tanks? Yes or no? If no why cant we eat some of them? Not to extinction but use the whole shark in the meal. I am saying we should use the whale shark to help us catch fish and then after the animal is gets tired release them and give them part of the catch. In a village they have birds that they tie a string on there necks and the bird works for the villager but the villager has to give the bird some of the fish if not the bird refuses to catch another fish. That should be done for Whale sharks. We get something out of it and they get something out of it

          • Jill Hirschi

            Ya that is the thing, we already heading there that is fact. But it can change if they get the food for the sharks from the ocean or feed the fish that they give to the shark from the ocean it will have mercury so it depends on the food and if it connects back to the ocean, but for now since they are on the heading to extinction I say no, but if they get the population back up and its healthy and under control then I don’t see a big problem with that. But that is fine to use whale sharks food and give them food but the fish in the ocean already are overfished and the world will never be the same again, humans tend to take everything and give nothing back.

          • Mik

            then the question becomes how do we use less mercury and either utlilize it or dispose of it in a safe manner. Well not if we educate people on sharks and there gestation period. Plus sharks are going to be killed by other sharks too.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Well good luck in doing that, but people aren’t good at changing. Ya that is true sharks will be killed by other sharks too but why do we need to add to that? So how do sharks have a chance to come back when we are still killing them because only 6.5 million new sharks are born a year, but we kill 100 million a year so I think they have years to relax and come back before we start killing them again

          • Mik

            Neither are animals few of them are but not the apex predator. well I dont know I think we need to discuss it rationally and try different things and not have the tire disaster that people said fish would make there homes in tires! Now we have millions of tires to pick because of human error. If Sharks do die off I am sure Jelly Fish are going to be the top predators then. thats what they predict will happen

          • Jill Hirschi

            You are making no sense. Sharks ARE apex predators of the ocean and probably has been for 400 million years, they are smarter and have more sense than humans. What are you talking about tire disaster??? That is stupid to have jelly fish being the top predator of the ocean because they kill more people than sharks. Just shows how dumb people are. Maybe we should kill all humans and see who else becomes the top predator and see if the world fixes itself, lol

          • Mik

            I am talking about this disaster http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-17-florida-reef_x.htm how humans dumped tires to make a artifical reef! How stupid can we be? it was swath the size of 31 football fields. now we cant even get all the tires. See how stupid we can be? here is another article on it http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11462066. then why are we killing them off at such an alarming rate? Oh thats not going to happen animals YES like Humanly Euthanizing your pets but humans we have to suffer! LOL Yeah we can be dumb sometimes. As such we need to build more artifical reefs and try to conserve the remaining reefs and to cut down on shark consumption.

          • Jill Hirschi

            Okay so I don’t get it they tried to make a artifical reef and it sucked and didn’t work and costed a lot of money to fix the problem but you want to do the same thing. How do you know it will even work? Why are we killing sharks and ocean animals at a alarming rate? Because people are dumb and they are like hooker that will do anything for money, shark fin cost a lot of money and one blue fin tuna that is endangered can sell for 150,000 so we don’t need to cut down shark consumption we need to stop it. What is the point when we are killing sharks, the ocean and the people that eat it, what is the good thing about it then? Like I said if someone is dying I think its fine to do it early if they want it, but sometimes things can change my dog had fast spreading cancer in October and she is in remission so life is never certain and doesn’t always go the way you plan or want it. FYI jellyfish is not a apex predator but will be when there is nothing left and jellyfish breed daily so they are fast spreading, sharks are totally different.

          • Mik

            NO I am saying we need to build reefs not TIRE reefs to repopluate the oceans. How then are Sharks the apex predator? they are now but it seems Jellyfish will be the apex predator

          • Jill Hirschi

            So how are you going to make sure the fake reefs you build aren’t going to turn out like the tire reefs? Look it up on apex predators and sharks are one of them. However jellyfish ARE NOT one but yes if there aren’t any more animals left expect jellyfish then yes they will be. Apex predators (also known as alpha, super, top-, top-level, or Alex Detmer) are predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food chain and have a crucial role in maintaining the health of their ecosystems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apex_predators

          • Mik

            Well you make the reefs durable and you make the reefs stable not the tire reefs which are toxic and break apart. Yes but thats if Sharks are not the apex predator anymore and dont rely on Wikipedia anyone can edit it

          • Jill

            So genius what would you make the reefs out of, and could you make sure they would work? Doesn’t matter because sharks are apex predators and other websites say that sharks are apex predators. Because they are have no natural predators in its ecosystem. They have survived and thrived for 400-450 million years, can you say the same about humans?

          • Mik

            Ships that dont rust and that are stable to use and make artifical reefs like the one in Cancun Mexico. Neptune reef, ships that are sunk for scuba divers to explore. But they have to be stable so the reefs can begin to grow on them. Made made reefs for the fish to live in

            One project in Belize is doing that they are making reefs and thats your reef you purchased

          • Jill

            Okay so basically sink ships that cost a lot of money sounds like a good plan. How about we just save the reefs we have now and they we won’t have to fake it. Kinda a cop out to me.

          • Mik

            oh why cant you do both?

          • Jill

            because if we dont take better care of the ocean the reefs are gone and so are the animals

        • Mik

          then I agree with you on that one but do aquirium born sharks have mercury in them? that were bred in captivity

          • Jill Hirschi

            no probably not it comes from the food they eat

          • Mik

            So then where is the mercury coming from then? Plus can we eat aquirium based sharks? if it was legal?

          • Jill Hirschi

            The mercury comes from the fish that the sharks eat, but if the sharks in the aquarium where feed fish from the ocean or fish that was feed food from the ocean they would contain mercury like fish in the ocean

          • Mik

            what if they used fish farms? farm fished food for sharks? Would there be mercury in the sharks?

          • Jill Hirschi

            If they didn’t give the fish food that comes from the ocean, if they gave the fish nothing that had to do with the ocean then the mercury would be lower in sharks. Because mercury is in all ocean animals, and apex predators like sharks eat the fish that contains mercury and it is absorbed and stored in the body thats why they have so much. It is the highest of all ocean animals

          • Mik

            but where exactly is the mercury coming from? thats what we need to figure out and see if we can use the whole shark AND to repopluate the oceans. Like taking some sharks and putting them back in the oceans

          • Jill Hirschi

            Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air through industrial pollution. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams and oceans and is turned into methylmercury in the water. Fish absorb the methylmercury as they feed in these waters and so it builds up in them. But the only way to repopulate sharks is to stop killing them, if you put sharks back in the ocean they will just be killed

          • Jill

            No we need to stop overfishing on all fish not just one thing! But really that was one time and there is studies on the chlorine messing up there systems and stuff. Plus they take the dolphins and whales from there families and put them in small aquariums, tell me how is that NOT prison!!!

          • Mik

            you mean the orcas? well for them how do they know about family pods and all? how about the ones raised in captivity? How do they know its a prison? the PETA exaggrates so much and its not even funny they say the Pafic ocean has trash the size of texas and its called the pafic dump well we think its a ball of trash but its not its trash thats scattered all over the place in the pafici

          • Jill

            Because orca’s or killer whales have pods of families like dolphins. As noted in a website “Killer whales are notable for their complex societies. Only elephants and higher primates, such as humans, live in comparably complex social structures. Due to orcas’ complex social bonds and society, many marine experts have concerns about how humane it is to keep these animals in captive situations.” Do you know about the cove in Japan where they capture dolphins other animals they pick the pretty ones they want to sell to aquarium and then kill the rest that is usually how they get there animals. You are just too stupid to realize that aquariums no matter if your born there or put there that it is not natural, killer whales and dolphins where NOT meant to be there and except for humans love of money they wouldn’t be there. So how is trash in the ocean a good thing, I don’t care if it is in one place or the spread out, how does any of that make it better. Whould you want a bunch of trash in your house? Would it make it better that it is not a ball but it is scattered?

          • Mik

            then why not take the whole pod? Well Japan is very different from america. Now i agree if the Japanese are going to build aquiriums have aduqate water and room for them to swim in. How doe captive bred sharks or Orca know what its like to be in the oceans? So your saying we should destory the Georgia aquirium and let the Whale sharks free? If you look up the whale sharks in the Georgia aquirium that Aquirium you hate so much was built around the whale sharks not around for humans. We should just let the animals in zoos go? No I wouldnt want trash in my house but I wouldnt exaggrate the trash problem to get more people invovled

          • Jill

            because they don’t want the whole pod then why not take the whole pod? Ya japan is way different than america but where do you think they get the dolphins from? That would be right we get them from Japan and then after they pick the ones they want they kill the rest. The captive bred animals may not know but sometimes the sounds will be thrown off and it has been said that there is not a large enough aquarium to provide them with a good quality of life so that means it is all for us and our sick way of making money. But right now it is kinda hard to deal with captive whale sharks because if we let the whale sharks free they will be finned in the ocean so we have to change our rules on killing sharks before that would become the best thing. How wasn’t it not around humans, How would they be able to keep them and NOT make money that is the whole reason they got them. Ya we should have never been put in cages because they are wild but now they probably wouldn’t be able to surive in the wild anymore, Just saying that we should do what is good for the animals and not be selfish and do what makes us happy or money. Ya so you wouldn’t want trash in your house but its okay in the ocean where it does bother you. But it does bother and kill ocean animals but that doesn’t matter because people don’t have to deal with it? Oh by the way orca’s life is cut in half by being in a aquarium so maybe you should do your research. Oh and this is a whale shark finned shows how cold people are http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2P90_bJ3wc

          • Mik

            So your saying we should get rid of zoos and aquiriums? How do you suggest we research this animals when we still havent been able to research the sperm whale and White Shark? How is the orca life cut short in the aquirium versus the ocean? Remember Kekie we freed her and she kept going back to humans which were her POD. Then she DIED because we let her go FREE!

          • Jill

            http://orcahome.de/lifeexpectancy.htm. That was one orca, this website says that 2/3 of captive orcas don’t last longer than 10 years in captivity think that proves they die sooner in captivity than they would if they lived in the wild. Plus that orca could have been sick when they released it, you don’t know why! So maybe you should stop using your made up facts and use the real ones? Well zoo animals like I ALREADY said don’t know how to live in the wild they should be kept so they can live and have a better life but ones that can survive should be let go. We couldn’t study white sharks in aquriums because they don’t survive, and what we want to really learn about animals in the wild not in a tank.

          • Mik

            well how factual is the website? Keko used people to survive http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106965/trivia plus http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119152/trivia if they were not bred in captivity then the calf could have died. Since you hate Aquirums then how do you suggest we study elusive creatures like the sperm whales and Giant Squid? Keiko needed Human championship and they and you wanted to set him free http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Keiko-star-of-Free-Willy-movies-dies-in-Norway-1132078.php

          • Jill

            It is factual because every website I have seen has give those answers, aquariums, orcas, killer whales, tend to live for about 13 years, compared to those in the wild who live 40 to 60 years. So I could ask you how factual your website is too. Didn’t give any facts on killer whales just people opinions which are hightly different so what facts can you say that Kieiko need human championship? Plus that was 1 killer whale out of 50, not good odd’s. How is researching animals in aquriums really give a good idea on how this animals live in the wild?

          • Mik

            Okay if they live better in the oceans then how can we research them and not just tag them but learn there habits and stuff in the oceans? we still dont know how the White sharks mate and all in the oceans

          • Jill

            It depends on the tags and stuff. But it doesn’t matter on white sharks because they don’t even live in aquariums so don’t worry about crap when you can’t fix it!

        • Mik

          what do you think about this trawling Net? Sea Turtles can get out and the shrimp and prawns cant get out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y71cgxmyMO4&feature=player_embedded

          • Jill

            no trawling still ruins the ocean floor how is that good. Also there is a lot more getting caught in nets like whales, dolphins, sharks, birds, etc. Trawling still just catches a lot of stuff that gets in the way.

          • Mik

            but dont you think its a start? well the trawling I showed you I dont think whales dolphins sharks would get in and how would birds get caught in the trawling nets. Well I say its a start. Its not perfect though.

          • Jill

            ya it is a better way than now, but still is destroying the sea floor. But just because you don’t think it would happen doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen, who really knows what could happen. But with coral reefs gone by 50 percent do we really want to lose more because a giant steel trawler hits it? Also 400 dead zones. What happens to fish when there is dead zones and no coral…..thats right they die and with 350 million jobs in the ocean, and 102 billion annual trade in fish, is it safe to take those kinds of risks? Video on it by the way http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uWb5_urMZXU

          • Mik

            then how do we get the fish? or shirmp or whatever we need to eat from? I think there are no easy answers but we need to keep talking about it. But when we become like the ship Steve Irwin and whale wars it doesnt help

          • Jill

            We need to come up with better way to get fish or whatever we need from the ocean. But how does that NOT help?? What is not helping is killing the ocean and the fish in it because can’t fish when there is no fish. Then what happens to job and the money and life that comes out of the ocean? Is it really worth the trawling and long lining? I think not

          • Mik

            then how do you suggest we fish?

          • Jill

            I think we should slow down or stop until we have a better way to do something.

          • Mik

            I do agree with the slowing down

          • Jill

            then why do you think this is okay?

          • Mik

            you mean why do I think its okay to hunt? well its rare we hunt now. So Plus we why cant we have shark farms like aquirums?

          • Jill

            No it’s not rare when 3 shark die every second that is NO where near rare. But doing shark farms what is the point with the shark meat being dangerous and diseases in animals in aquariums.

          • Mik

            the point is the shark farm aquiriums can be places where we can order shark fin soup. Having farmed fed fish being eaten by the sharks and we eat the shark meat? whats wrong with that? But I do agree with you we need to cut back a little bit. It would cut down on the fisherman going after the apex predator.

          • Jill

            Why farm sharks just to kill when 90% of them have died from the ocean. But aquarium fish are sicker than ones in the ocean and have more diseases and often times die sooner. I don’t see why its so important to eat sharks though seems like a lot of work for nothing.

          • Mik

            So it will cut down on the shark killing. well not all aquiruims are bad. if well cared for the animals live longer then in the wild

          • Jill

            Okay I don’t understand you, you say we need to cut down on shark killing but then you think this is Ok. I don’t understand that at all. Maybe it is time to pick a side? Maybe part of that is true but there is a lot of diseases in aquariums but not that much in the ocean because the weak are eaten to feed the strong. So not is not exactly true, the chlorine is toxic to most fish and its in the water in aquariums. Anyways aquariums are like prison for fish.

          • Mik

            How do you know there prison for fish? we need food and Sharks are a food source. Just like chicken and pigs. Oh thats why the staff clean the aquiruim so the bacteria doesnt grow on it and they have filters to keep the water clean

          • Jill

            Okay how big is the ocean and how big are tanks? That is why is a prison for fish. Haven’t we already gone over that sharks CAN’T be a food source and if you do eat sharks YOU ARE POISONING yourself. Not only bacteria kills fish its ph balance, and other things that we have NO IDEA about.

          • Mik

            Now your being foolish with the tanks and all. then what is an alternative food source?

          • Jill

            How am I being foolish? When you think its okay to poison yourself and other people.

          • Mik

            Because all the fruits and vegatables you get have pesticides on them and you dont wash them off you eat them all the time. Posion is being eaten when you eat fruits and vegatables since bugs get on the produce if they didnt have the pesticides yet you dont complain about that.

          • Jill

            Ya right I wash all my fruits and veggies. But that is not the same thing and you know it. You can prevent eating the posion you can’t do the same with sharks.

          • Mik

            How is that not the same thing? There are animals out there that are becoming extinct but since we dont see them like the big animals we dont bitch about it. Well what about the aquiruims? all sea food has mercury in it

          • Jill

            Because you can prevent it and like you even said the animals we are doing it to are becoming extinct and there is OTHER stuff that we can eat. Aquariums are a little bit better but it is NOT going to fix the problem, its like prision for animals amd right now its okay because its saving them but still like prison. I know all sea food has mercury but at of all them shark have the most!

          • Mik

            then we go back to the question what is going to help? How do you know the sharks think that the aquiriums are a prison?

          • Jill

            stop overfishing and being murderous pigs! How big is the ocean? How big is the aquariums? Think you just answered your own question.

          • Mik

            How do we stop overfishing banning fishing for a particular fish isnt going to change things. Animals live longer in the aquiriums then in the oceans Remember Kekie? the killer whale from FREE WILLY! well remember what happened when we set him FREE! what happened?

  10. Margo

    This is shameful. I have no words for it. It is not sport to kill a beautiful animal like this. 

  11. Roy

    It is a shame to see humans torturing these beautiful creatures. To see them dragged by a hook in their mouths only to be released is wrong. Sharks play an important role in the ocean and their extinction will cause huge ripples through the ocean ecosystem. 
    It’s time for these knuckle draggers to participate in raising humanity to a new level. A level that doesn’t include the torture of animals. Would you stick a hook in your dog’s mouth and drag it behind your car? 

    • Mik

      Then what do you suggest roy? Yes they do but we are hunters not vegans. As such I believe if we dont drive the animals to extinction its okay. How is it torture? Oh no I wouldnt do that to my doggie sister but she knows there is the hunt and we are the apex hunters as well. Dogs and cats have a symboite relationship. Dogs were alarm and guards for us in turn we gave them food and shelter and the same for cats they would make sure the rats were not on the ships. As for sharks I do believe in hunting but not an all out slaughter.

  12. Mik

    Good catch! Hope he followed the rules of the catch or contest.

  13. Mick

    Unbelievable, you people are bloody imbeciles. This is not sport, this is mindless bloody cruelty. Did you feel like a man afterwards, you testosterone deprived bastards?

    • Mik

      Oh its not just man! bloody imbeciles so your telling me would you rather starve if the only thing we could eat was either or the Shark? Dear god your an idiot! Yes it is! Its not about being the top man its about the thrill of the hunt! In hunting there are good hunters and bad hunters! Have you even tried hunting?

      or fishing? Its not about always catching the fish its about the journey of the catch

  14. Lana

    Remember shark conservation is only to increase the shark population so commercial fisherman can kill them later !!! All this work and arguing is only so commercial fisherman can kill them later. “sustainable” shark conservation. You may not like it but it is factual.
    The Asian culture does not care how many people have been attacked while consuming shark fin soup.

  15. Ryan

    Can someone please find Mik and shoot him? These fishermen aren’t making a “living” by doing this you jacka**. They consider it sport, and most of them are too pussy to play football or rugby and take out their anger for being such dandies by killing something and calling it sport. It’s not sport…it’s unfair unless them go out with just a bow and arrow, no chum, no bait…find a shark, jump in the water with nothing but a spear gun or bow and arrow or a knife, and fight with it face-to-face. All these assholes are doing is luring an unsuspecting animal around there boat and pulling it into their boat – then act like they just went “hunting”. It’s pathetic and nothing you have said or can say will make you any less of a colossal moron than you already have proven yourself to be. GO F**K YOURSELF.

    • Mik

      Oh Ryan you such a fucking hypocrite! Just like those baby advocates! Lets kill the docter but not the baby! You have shown your true colors! Your just fucking nutbag like that priest who bombs abortion clinics! Oh now bow and arrow is okay! your make no fucking sense now but whats new? No you go fuck yourself your self rigtous FUCK HEAD! How does it make sense to shot me and kill me and then put my mouth in a hook and yet let the shark go free! God your morale high ground is so pathetic! This is why I have no hope for humanity because of idiots like you and there hypocrisy!

      Life is the shark but not me!

    • Jill

      that is very very true!

  16. Fishing is the soft edge of hunting. Like hunters of today where everyone knows that it is all for their personal fun, not for food but trophy. This was not the case just a centry ago. Hunters were regarded as the brave men that can feed himself and his family. Today, if you talk about hunting, we know that it is for fun. Your personal fun. People did not regard oceans like land until recently. They can not see, feel or even know what is happenening out there. Just back in 60’s even the scientist regarded the oceans as endless source of food and they thought it has to cability to regenarate even if you pollute it as much as humanity can. Well things have changed with the new knowledge we have today. We will know a lot more in future how we brought the oceans and the life in them to an irrivocable point. Until that day, there will be fishermen that will kill (hunt), millions of people and tens of countries that will still pollute. We will keep discussing it over the net. Humanity works this way. We can not appriciate the value of any given thing until we loose it. Today this is about sharks, 20 years ago it was about whales, 10 years ago it was about tigers, 40 years ago it was about elephants. Somehow some good people brought the subject into the eyes of public and the politicians and they acted. Sometimes they act, sometimes they do not. Shark killing issue is very hot topic these days everywhere. In Europe, far east, US even in some African countries. Please wait to see, in a few years from now they will be protected as whales. The real problem here is the oceans itself. It is nobodys territory. So nobody actually claims it. What we really need is a set of rules where the oceans are protected as land with reinforced regulations. You personally can do your best to protect them. You do not throw garbage, you dont dirt them. A company from god knows where can put toxic waste to it that equals to more than millons of us and all our families can litter the oceans our ways for a hundreds of years. Yes they are still humans as we are. They have the equel rights as we have. One single mind can do this harm no matter what millions even billons think ! He just would not care.
    This is how humanity works. Good people, better people and smart people that does not give a damn to others. Sharks are the victims for a few decades. I doubt it will take long. Unless we can protect the oceans as a whole, you can start naming all the animals in the oceans and start adding them all to the list where sharks stand today.

  17. Ryan

    MIK!!!!! SHUT THE F**K UP!!!! I am sick of getting emails for responding on this post about some jerk offs killing a shark for sport. If I knew there was going to be some mental midget like you going off on everyone I would have kept my thoughts to myself. This is a website for those who appreciate these animals and have a respect for them for whatever reason. They are vital to their ecosystem as much as the lion, the tiger, the bear and without them things would get screwed up. You are one of these people who have NOTHING better to do than argue your point incessantly because maybe in your real life you’ve turned off anyone who would want to converse with you for more than 5 minutes. No you are talking about pirates?!?!?! SHUT THE F**K UP! Find something else to do! Get a woman! Get a motorcycle – stop puking all over this website people are tired of getting emails from all of your BS. SHUT……UP!!!!!

    • Mik

      No you shut the fUCK UP

    • Mik

      wanting to take me out and shot me! your so hypocrictial! I do appreciate this animals and I appreciate as a food source! Yeah they are but they are a food source! can you say food source? HAHA I can tell you the same thing! getting aggressive with me! how your shit ass life? You wouldnt conversing with me if your life was perfect! Yeah becuase thats also a problem! Well you can unsubscribe to this thread! NO YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP

    • Mik

      You know you talk about conservation but how is conservation when Terri Irwin is making rides in the conservation zoo that she owns? You want to kill me well good luck finding where I live ass hole

      • Ryan

        please just shut up…please? sick of getting 5 emails a day with you throwing up on this website via your keyboard. No one cares about your opinion and we find your ignorance lacking any kind of soul or humor or validity. Please, stop.

        • Mik

          well you do since you keep responding. How is the fight going? killing people and saving the sharks? HAHA dude you wouldnt know a soul if it bite you on the ass

  18. jarrod

    Im a shark fisherman myself, and all you greenies are so bloody stupid. You keep going on about being educated and how killing sharks is the worst thing ever..
    i will tell you now that big game fisherman are not the reason why sharks are going endangered. we take less than 2% of the sharks that are killed, most are tagged and released. Long liners that have miles and miles of line with thousands of hooks kill the majority of the sharks, ( not intensively but they are by catch).

    So you greenie homos should shut up and keep eating your rabbit food and nuts.
    but it wouldnt suprise me if all you guys are at the beach eating fish n chips fish= SHARK….. bunch of idiots…

    • Mik

      Well lines are a problem too. Homo come on I am homosexual and I am agreeing with you on some of the things you are saying not but some

    • Jill Hirschi

      Ya I understand that long liners are the worst in shark killing, and long liners do target sharks for shark fin soup. But how is killing sharks helping shark populations at all? It is not and the facts are that 1/3 of shark species are endangered. Also what is the point of killing sharks since you cannot eat sharks because of dangerous methyl mercury also other dangerous toxins in sharks. So I have never eat sharks and will never eat sharks and do not eat fish and chips and rarely eat anything from the ocean. So actually we aren’t a bunch of idiots but thanks for your concern

      • Mik

        but would you eat chicken and beef and pork? Some extreme people would not do that. well as long as we dont slaughter animals i think its okay. Like I said we need to respect wild life and not have so much.

        • Jill Hirschi

          Yes I do eat meat but very rarely try to eat as healthy as possible and i think that sometimes the slaughtering of animals is very brutal and it could be done much kinder and thank the animal for giving up its life so we don’t starve. But also chicken, pork and beef are no where near endangered and yet sharks are.

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